Latest Figures show 700 fewer NHS staff
Northamptonshire's NHS has seen a drop of 700 staff and is one of the lowest spending health authorities in the country according to figures uncovered by the Liberal Democrats.
The latest available statistics, researched by the party's Parliamentary Candidate for Northampton North constituency, Andrew Simpson, show there were nearly 700 fewer staff employed in the county's health service in 2007/08 compared to 2006/07.
Commenting on the figures, Cllr Simpson said:
"With previous staffing shortfalls causing closures to Northampton General Hospital's maternity unit, questions must now be asked about the broader provision of healthcare in Northampton and across the county.
"Local staff do a fantastic job on current resources. But my concern is that they are no longer getting the support they need.
"The rationale for cutting departmental budgets in Whitehall is one thing. But making further cuts to our NHS, with Northamptonshire's ageing population and public health challenges, can't easily be justified".
Northamptonshire PCT was also ranked 131st out of 151 PCT's in England in terms of the amount spent per person - an average of £1,349 per person against an average of £1,449.
"Northamptonshire is now among the bottom twenty PCTs in the country in terms of per capita spending.
"We now rank 131 out of 151 in terms of health spending per head - further evidence that Northampton, with a third of the county's population, is losing out on its fair share of public services".
Notes to editors
Northamptonshire Teaching PCT latest fact sheet here http://www.info.doh.gov.uk/nhsfactsheets.nsf/0/80257049003E2A3D802576E300637EA9/$FILE/657054205_PT_5PD_20100311_180504.htm
PCT spending per capita here: