A year ago Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt staked her job on wiping out the NHS debt. Apparently the Government is to announce today that she has succeeded, but at what cost?
- Deficits of £1,300,000,000 run up by a third of hospitals and primary care trusts hidden by making cuts and taking money from elsewhere.
- The recent loss of 22,300 health jobs
- Almost three-quarters of newly-qualified nurses unable to secure jobs
- The complete failure of the new online job application system for junior doctors, the Medical Training Application Service (MTAS).
- A reduction of 9,000 beds in hospitals.
- A record number of injuries and deaths in maternity care.
- A steep rise in hospital infections.
- Two-thirds of dentists turning away patients as two million patients are now without access to an NHS dentist.