GOVERNMENT reforms could cost the NHS in Kirklees more than £26m over two years, it is claimed.
A new report issued by Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham suggests that the Coalition’s plans to reorganise the NHS could cost the borough’s health services £26,089,514.
But Colne Valley Conservative MP Jason McCartney claims Mr Burnham has merely “launched an attack on his own policy”.
According to the report, the Government’s new guidelines will force Primary Care Trusts across the UK to set aside 2% of their budget for 2012 and 2013.
The aim is to raise £3.4 billion for the proposed NHS reorganisation which, according to the Labour party, is well above the original £2 billion and £3 billion estimate.
Colne Valley Labour Party Constituency vice-chairman, Paul Salveson, said: “These shocking new figures show the Government’s reorganisation is costing the NHS even more than we first feared.
“It is scandalous that they are telling our local NHS to hold back millions of pounds for their own reckless plans while thousands of nursing jobs are being axed.
“Kirklees has already seen a 61% increase in the number of patients waiting longer than 18 weeks for treatment since Cameron became Prime Minister.
“Before his plans are even fully through Parliament, David Cameron’s reorganisation is hitting the NHS hard and costs are now topping £3.4bn across the country for the first time.