Saturday, 28 August 2010

Government to close NHS Direct

... and replace it with a cheapo option, 1-1-1. The difference, media reports suggest, will be a dramatic reduction in medially-trained staff. NHS Direct employs 1,400 nurses out of a total of 3,400 staff.  

 If the NHS is a protected area of spending, the it's looking bleak for the rest of the public services in October.


PoliticalHackUK has, rightly, pointed out that this announcement is the latest in a rash of closures of public bodies that have been announced to the media first, in many cases before the employees of these organisations were informed.

Meanwhile, a petition to save the service has been launched here.

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