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New NHS Central Executive to be Based in Leeds

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The coalition government is currently in the process of reforming the NHS. It has now been revealed that the new Central Executive for the NHS will be based in Leeds.

The role of the Central Executive will be to manage NHS budgets. This will be a step towards granting control of health budgets to consortia of GPs in the future. It is thought that the Central Executive may use the Quarry House premises in the city, as this is where the Department of Health offices are at present. However this has yet to be confirmed, and officially the location for the Executive’s HQ is still to be decided.

However it may be another two years before the Central Executive becomes operational in the city. While the location has been decided upon, the legislation has yet to go through Parliament. The NHS Bill will be evaluated by committee once again before anything else can happen. After this hurdle it will go to the House of Lords. So there is still a long way to go.

One thousand managers are said to be in line for the new Central Executive. But unions have expressed their disappointment at the new jobs. They have said that they do not compare to the vast losses that will be experienced within the rest of the NHS.

Unison spokesman John Cafferty said, “There’s going to be people currently employed in the NHS that will be on the dole next year, this time.”

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