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Public sector cuts - rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic?

25 August 2010

GP groups have branded NHS Direct’s plans to decentralise by having at least 100 of its staff working from home by March 2011 as “rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic” given the IT infrastructure investment required.

Currently, taxpayers are broadly accepting of cuts however, if planned savings do not materialise because costs are being shifted rather than cut, it is unlikely that this tolerance will continue.

It is essential that cuts are strategically planned with a view to achieving the planned efficiencies subject to the outcome of the comprehensive spending review due in the Autumn. A failure to do this could see the ‘deckchairs’ go down with the ship!

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