Ed Miliband met a local GP in Wath Upon Dearne this morning to discuss the implications of the Government's NHS reorganisation, as new leaked figures show the full extent of the costs of the changes.
Leaked figures from the Department of Health show more than £24 million have already been spent in Yorkshire alone on NHS redundancies since David Cameron entered Downing Street.
And PCTs here have been forced to hold back more than £351 million for the costs of implementing the Tory-led Government's reorganisation plans - money Labour says should be being spent on patient care.
Ed Miliband, joined by Rotherham Council Deputy Leader Mahroof Hussain met with Dr David Polkinghorn, a long-standing GP in Wath Upon Dearne and a member of a local GP's commissioning group. Dr Polinghorn said he had mixed views on the reforms - while he welcomes giving GPs leadership once more on commissioning, he has concerns about the encroachment of the private sector and shareholders' interests people put before those of patients.
Mr Miliband said:
"I think the figures we're seeing today - £24 million being spent already in Yorkshire alone on redundancies in the health service and hundreds of millions being spent on David Cameron's reorganisation, shows just how misguided these changes are.
"Money is tight in the health service and savings have to be found - that is precisely why this top-down reorganisation - something David Cameron specifically promised he wouldn't do - is utterly wrong. They're taking millions of pounds away from patient care."