Wednesday, 8 December 2010

London to save £30m by slashing Nanny

There was scant sympathy in readers' comments on the following piece in last night's Standard;
The jobs of hundreds of London health workers who tackle smoking, obesity and excessive drinking could be under threat, it emerged today. Although the Government put public health at the forefront of its agenda in a White Paper last week, with a promise of £4 billion ringfenced funding, the people who deliver those services in the capital could see their posts axed. One said: “We expect letters next week telling us formally that our jobs are under threat.” Up to 600 staff focus on tackling potentially lethal lifestyle issues. Their futures are to be reviewed over the next few months.
Meanwhile Lansley, as urged by this blog, is increasing resources to tackle real public health issues such as TB.

 OK, I'll say it. Well done. 


Budgie said...

I know of one PCT where the '5-a-day' counsellor left because she couldn't justify her own job's existence.

Anonymous said...

Did you write?.................. all of those (replies)?

Anyway, I agree (good sentiments).

rashid1891 said...

I know of one PCT where the '5-a-day' counsellor left because she couldn't This is very very good side I like it so much Thanks AS

Anonymous said...

Sorry to be an old cynic but I'll believe it when they all sign on.
It's been diapppointing , to say the least , that the size of the state seems to not be getting smaller.

Ed P said...

There does seem to be an understated, quiet attempt to transfer services from public to private sector; it's almost by stealth. This is encouraging, as it may pre-empt the fatalistically low expectation of many people, which is that there's inevitably going to be mass unemployment. Why should that necessarily have to happen?
Take a look at service providers "on the shop floor". It's not difficult to see that there's an easy route to conversion from public to private control - where control really means funding. It's not that every department is overstaffed or idle, although this is a popular misconception, but the weaker aspects will have to be culled if the remedy is to be given a fighting chance. The presently disguised, but underhand and dangerous enemy is entrenched in the middle levels of management. Their concerns are for others, natch - we provide an essential link in the heirachy and information flow, you will only understand our contribution after we're gone.
I don't believe it.