BOLTON North East MP David Crausby has blasted the reorganisation of the NHS as hundreds of staff across Greater Manchester receive redundancy notices.

The notices come as the Primary Care Trusts (PCT), which commissioned health services, have been replaced by GP-lead Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG).

The top-down restructure of the National Health Service was one of the earliest decisions of the Coalition Government.

As part of the changes, 400 people in Greater Manchester will receive notice that their job NHS will no longer exist from March 31.

Some may find alternative employment within the NHS by that date, or some may take voluntary redundancy sooner, but any who do not make arrangements by March 31 will be made redundant.

Mr Crausby said: “David Cameron promised he would protect the NHS and there would be no more top-down reorganisations. Now we see the biggest reorganisation of the NHS in history and the cost of that is hundreds of hard working staff members.

“The NHS already faces a huge challenge when it comes to finance and the enormous cost of this reorganisation is causing huge, unnecessary strain. We now have the absurd situation of staff being made redundant by PCTs only to be hired later on to do the same job for a CCG, and hundreds more could join the queue outside the jobcentre.

“It is disgraceful that we have heard so many stories about poor patient care in the last year and yet the Government chooses to waste so much money on an unwanted and unnecessary restructure.”