Yet more evidence of cuts to schools and hospitals

There was more evidence today of the impact of the coalition's cuts to education and the health service, with school building repais slashed and hospital bed numbers set to be culled by 20,000.

There was more evidence today of the impact of the coalition’s cuts to education and the health service, with school building repairs slashed and hospital bed numbers set to be culled by 20,000. On Wednesday, it was revealed that more than 50,000 NHS jobs faced the axe, while only yesterday a study warned of a rise in bed-blocking, with more beds being filled by elderly people well enough to be in residential care – a problem exacerbated by the fall in the number of beds.

New figures from the Department of Health show there are now fewer than 140,000 overnight beds. In 2009-10 there were 158,461 beds – but new quarterly figures for Q4 2010 suggest the number is now falling sharply.

Looking at the financial year 2010/11, the figures show that in Q2 2010 there were 144,070 beds; in Q3 2010 there were 139,685; and in Q4 2010 there were 139,733. Were this to be repeated in Q1 2011 it would represent an 11.8 per cent drop from 2009/10.

On schools, new research by the House of Commons Library has revealed the average secondary school will see its budget for building work, repairs and computers slashed by £86,000 next year, with primary schools in England facing a cut of £26,000. At the time of the CSR, the chancellor insisted:

“We wanted to see if it was possible – even when spending was being cut – to find more resources for our schools and for the early years education of our children. I can tell the House that we have succeeded.”

Success? In addition to the headline figures, education faces a far greater cut in its capital spending settlement – 60 per cent – than the average across all departments of 28 per cent. Two weeks ago, education secretary Michael Gove was ordered to reconsider his decision to take an axe to the Building Schools for the Future programme, which a High Court Judge described as:

“…so unfair as to amount to an abuse of power.”

With the full impact of the decision to axe BSF now unravelling, and Labour describing it as “a return to the bad old days of the 1980s when children tried to learn in crumbling classrooms with equipment not up to the job”, Mr Gove may do well to heed Mr Justice Holman’s remarks.

34 Responses to “Yet more evidence of cuts to schools and hospitals”

  1. politicsinbrum

    RT @leftfootfwd: Yet more evidence of cuts to schools and hospitals: //bit.ly/ew0dZ3 by @ShamikDas #FalseEconomy

  2. Andrew Fenlon

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  3. 1917paul

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  4. Debbie Swan

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  5. yorkierosie

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  6. sean gittins

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  7. william

    What was the note Lliam Byrne left at the Treasury last year,something like,’sorry,the money has run out’?Alice in wonderland opposition now is unlikely to cut much ice at the next general election.Frankly, this sort of stuff from Shamik Das is pathetic.

  8. lewsosnhs

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  9. liliana dmitrovic

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  10. Richard Blogger

    There an aphorism that the only way to save money in the NHS is “Sheds heads and beds”. So @FalseEcon has shown the heads, and the DH figures shows the bed that are being shedded.

    In fact this could be predicted. The McKinsey report upon which the “£20bn efficiency savings” is based, says that doctors and nurses must be sacked to achieve this figure. When Cameron said “I’ll not cut the NHS” people thought he meant he’ll shelve the McKinsey report. In fact, he decided to go further, much further.

    For more chilling information, read the latest report on NHS competition from the CCP. It blatantly says that NHS services will close, and that is the whole purpose of the “Any Willing Provider” policy.

    Ed Miliband really should get a grip and tell the government that regardless of what Blair put in place, this policy must stop immediately.

    @william Constantly referring to the Byrne letter is pathetic. The point is that there is money out there. When Cameron siezed power without an electoral mandate in May last year he did not know that Ireland would need bailing out to the degree it did, yet Osborne still found £7bn. The point is that the government can always find money when it wants to, people who argue otherwise are deluded.

  11. L DTUC

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  12. Kelvin John Edge

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  13. Anon E Mouse

    Richard Blogger – “chilling information”. Please.

    Grow up and get a grip man – you do Labour no favours.

    As for Byrne he said it and Labour have spent the last 13 years going on about the Tories. It happens to be true and by the unions forcing the hopeless Ed Miliband on the Labour Party you have a while of it yet…

  14. James Doran

    Yet more evidence of cuts to schools and hospitals #austerity //bit.ly/g2kO7C

  15. Mike Rowley

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  16. Jon Purdom

    The NHS cuts are a disaster waiting to happen and will no doubt result in thousands of deaths and millions of people suffering as “non-urgent” operations such as hip replacements are postponed. Blillions of funds that should be going to health services will be syphoned off by the big corporations that have been lobbying for these changes.

    And the IMF has just cast severe doubts on the government strategy achieving growth, so it’s unlikely that the situation will be improved from an expansion of GDP.

    A successful NHS means a healthy populationa and a healthy workforce. Millions of working days are lost while people wait for MRIs and operations and billions of pounds are lost to business as a result.

    These cuts are going to backfire in a huge way and seriously damage the economy. Only a small number of corporations are going to benefit – probably those that are very good at avoiding paying tax.

    As for education – expect the cuts and fee hikes to result in a skills shortage in 5 to 10 years time that will mean the UK becomes dependant on immigration to fill the gap. A proportion of the Britain’s population that was “priced out” of decent education will be left without proper employment prospects.

    That’s why I’m standing up against the cuts.

  17. Samantha Davis

    Yet more evidence of cuts to schools and hospitals | Left Foot Forward: “We wanted to see if it was possible – e… //bit.ly/f7eRHF

  18. Anon E Mouse

    Jon Purdom – Perhaps you haven’t noticed but we have students leaving education without being able to read and write properly.

    And the NHS can’t look after elderly people properly or keep the wards clean – it’s a shambles and needs sorting urgently after Labour’s incompetent tinkering of this national asset.

    You stand up against the cuts by all means – it’s a free country but don’t expect to get Labour re-elected by doing so….

  19. chris star

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  20. Suzanne Newman

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  21. False Economy

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  22. John Nor

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  24. Jill Hayward

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  25. simon trott

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  26. Deb

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  27. lewsosnhs

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  28. Kevin Warnes

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  29. Kevin Richards

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  30. Ben-Perrusi Martins

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  31. Mr. Sensible

    Well the DFE has already admitted that its budget is in fact being cut due to revised inflation figures.

  32. Daniel Pitt

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  33. Worthing Solidarity

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