The Government's own "NHS Operating Framework
" states the annual operating costs of the new management structures will cost the equivalent of every patient paying pounds 25-a-year.
The figures were taken from the new NHS Operating Framework
Information centre chief executive Tim Straughan said: "Reductions in managers and infrastructure support staff are likely to reflect, in part, the need to make management cost reductions in accordance with the NHS Operating Framework
"Reductions in managers and infrastructure support staff are likely to reflect, in part, the need to make management cost reductions in accordance with the NHS Operating Framework
." But Dr Mark Porter, chairman of the British Medical Association's consultants committee, warned NHS cuts and the drive for competition would leave hospitals unable to fund entire departments.
The decision to ignore targets is buried in the small print of new guidelines called the 2011/12 NHS Operating Framework
which is circulated to health chiefs across the country.
A revision to the NHS operating framework
has stressed the need to bring costs down.
The Department of Health (DH) NHS operating framework
2010 to 2011 for England stressed that NHS resources must be used 'wisely' over the coming year, and proposed the deployment of the current surplus 'in a planned and managed way' from 2009 to 2011.
The target is set in the NHS Operating Framework
plan for 2007-08, which also outlines new measures to fight a killer superbug as well as penalties for hospitals which fail to meet waiting time targets.
"That is why the Government is investing pounds 400 million for carers to have breaks over the next four years, and why the NHS Operating Framework
made it clear that primary care trusts should agree policies with local authorities and carers organisations, and share them with people.
Just before the end of 2009 however, the NHS operating framework
was issued which outlined big savings - and new financial plans had to be created.
The final report has gone further to recommend that the NHS Operating Framework
should clearly establish the requirement for staff health and wellbeing to be included in national and local governance frameworks to ensure proper board accountability for its implementation.
The NHS Operating Framework
plan outlined by NHS chief executive David Nicholson yesterday said the service needed to balance books this financial year and go on to create pounds 250 million in 2007/08.