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THE NHS paid out more than pounds 80m in redundancy packages following the reorganisation of strategic health authorities, it was reported yesterday.

More than 700 staff lost their jobs in last year's shake-up, which saw the number of SHAs cut from 28 to 10.

Figures obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act revealed 764 people were made redundant or took early retirement at a cost of pounds 82.89m.

Among those were 61 senior managers whose redundancy packages cost an average of pounds 358,355, according to the BBC.

One chief executive's early retirement deal reportedly cost his SHA pounds 900,000.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "Inevitably there will be short-term costs as a result of reorganisation and it is right that NHS staff who are made redundant get what they are contractually and legally entitled to.

"However, the long-term benefits far outweigh any short-term costs.

"By 2008, the NHS will make annual savings of at least pounds 250m to plough back into front line services as a result of the SHA and Primary Care Trust (PCT) mergers.

"These savings significantly outweigh the costs and could pay for, for example, roughly 50,000 heart operations."

Twenty-eight SHAs were set up in 2002 in England and then merged into 10 bodies in a drive to redirect pounds 250m into patient care.
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Date:Aug 25, 2007
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