Leeds to be home for new NHS budget controllers

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A new body that will control all health budgets in England is to be based in Leeds.

The Department of Health has confirmed the city as the place where its National Commissioning Board will take over running the finances of the NHS until groups of GP consortia eventually take control.

Moves to locate the new body in Yorkshire have been agreed and up to 1,000 NHS managers will be in post as part of the Government’s proposals to reform the health service.

But an office location still has to be decided for the HQ, according to a DoH spokesman. The Department of Health has a base at Quarry House.

The new Board, which will look after the contracts of GPs and pharmacists, is expected to be operational by April 2013 if legislation goes to plan.

But union leaders have already criticised the proposals.

Yorkshire UNISON spokesman John Cafferty said the new jobs were “a drop in the ocean” compared to the number of NHS staff facing job losses.

The NHS Bill, will now be scrutinised again by Committee before going to the House of Lords.

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