7060 clinical staff have been made redundant since the Coalition took charge. That's even without the "administrative" staff that have been cut being taken into account. Even then, it's only the tip of the iceberg as the peak cuts will come in the latter part of 2014 and early 2015 to meet the Treasury driven cuts leading to 2016.
One doctor I know has gone from sharing a secretary with two other doctors to sharing a secretary with ten others meaning he now has to do far more of his own admin cutting into clinical time. He now has even more administrative responsibilities than ever before with the new commissioning responsibilities and no-one to turn to who has the first clue of what it all means meaning he's having to waste lots of time getting and interpreting contradictory information.
On a more local note:
- Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Trust will cut the mental health budget by £40m by 2016, reducing it to £180m from £220m, despite the amount of people needing acute clinical help going up year on year.
- 50 mental health beds cut in Suffolk, along with cuts elsewhere mean that there have been occasions where the nearest mental health bed available for a Suffolk patient has been in Glasgow! We are now at the point where you can only get a NHS mental health bed if you're a genuine threat to others, it's irrelevant if you're a threat to yourself. The Scottish NHS funding system means that fewer cuts have been made to mental health services, meaning that Scottish NHS budgets are having to stretch to cover critically ill English patients that cannot get a funded bed in England.
- 12% of jobs in the Trust are planned to be cut by 2016.
Don't be conned by thinking these are just yet another Tory cut, the Health and Social Care minister, Norman Lamb, is a Lib Dem.