Not so. That sum will be achieved with full effect from next year, the first complete year following the opening of the new hospital and the transfer of services from the four others. Savings this year will be pounds 7m and not the pounds 1.2m stated in your report, which are the savings released from reductions in junior doctors in the year 1993-94.
Incidentally, the Independent's headline is a logical nonsense, in implying that the savings on consultant salaries in some way could prop up the cost of building the hospital. That is, of course, not the point at all. By providing services from one hospital, instead of five, we save considerable sums by removing duplicated services.
Three-quarters of the cost of the NHS goes in salaries and thus when we save money, regrettably, jobs go, too. That was precisely the original intention of the project, as Mr Meyer reports to you, and that is what we will achieve.
Riverside Health, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
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