The chief executive of the British Association of Medical Managers has backed the government’s rejection of a report recommending that the NHS cut 137,000 jobs in the next five years to make efficiency savings.

The report - commissioned by the Department of Health - recommended the closure of 10 per cent of clinical and admin posts, which could help to save £20bn by 2014.

Jenny Simpson OBE, chief executive of the British Association of Medical Managers, said: “BAMM supports the Department of Health’s rejection of this report.

“Whatever the state of the economy, people in the UK will need healthcare services and they will need them to be of the highest quality and standards.

“We believe that the answer to challenging finances in the NHS lies in more intelligent use of the talent, skills and commitment of clinicians and managers within the health service, in order to streamline services and prevent ill health by creating a healthier workforce, a healthier population and earlier intervention - all of which will benefit patients, the general public and the health service itself.”