NHS shake-up threatens hundreds of jobsBy Natalie Slater
July 13, 2010
A radical overhaul of the NHS could cost hundreds of jobs in Wokingham as Berkshire West Primary Care Trust looks like it will be forced to close its doors.
The proposal made by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley yesterday will cut jobs in management by almost a half as all PCTs and Strategic Health Authorities will be replaced by an independent NHS board.
Wokingham Community Hospital is managed by Berkshire West PCT, also known as NHS Berkshire West.
The PCT's headquarters in Bath Road, Reading and is most likely be shut down by 2012.
The move aims to streamline management and free up more cash for the front-line care of patients. GPs will take on the responsibility for commissioning most services and will be given the majority of the NHS budget while Reading Borough Council is expected to take on a number of tasks to do with public health.
Do you work for NHS Berkshire West or are you a GP? What do you make of the proposals?
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