Senior NHS managers are discussing secret cost-cutting plans to be announced after the General Election – measures that one chief executive described as the most extreme and difficult to hit the health service they had ever seen.
Dr Irvine – who is standing for the National Health Action Party in the Health Secretary’s constituency South West Surrey told The Independent it is ‘fundamentally dishonest of the Conservatives not to have brought it up before the election’.
‘Somebody leaked this because they want to sound the alarm’ she said.
‘If people are voting they have a right to know this is on the cards’.
The controversial measures are being discussed privately between top officials from NHS England and NHS Improvement and health managers in 14 areas of the country with the highest levels of overspending.