Clinicians made redundant – before roles are reinstated

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Podiatrists were made redundant by the NHS in the county – only to be replaced using new funding within weeks.

Two full-time podiatrists lost their jobs in April as part of a shake-up of the service by bosses at NHS Northamptonshire Healthcare (NHFT).

Unknown to the staff members, the NHS was bidding for funding to keep them in post. It has now emerged that weeks after they were given their notice, the funding was granted and their roles re-advertised.

Andy Evans, a private podiatrist made redundant separately from those mentioned, said the wasted payments showed the reorganisation process had been handled badly. He added: “They shouldn’t have been let go in the first place. But to shell out for redundancies only to take on two people in exactly the same roles shortly after is incredible.”

An NHFT spokesman said: “Regrettably in this instance, confirmation of the funding for the new band six posts was not available in time to prevent redundancies within the service taking place.”

A freedom of information request has shown that redundancy costs totalled £2.8m in 2011-12 and £5.5m in 2012-13.