This is the text of an e-mail that I sent to the Chief Executive (copied to the Chairman) of the East of England SHA on 10th March 2007. The fact that I have not had a reply speaks for itself.
Dear Mr McKay
I was idly studying the website of the East of England SHA (www.eoe.nhs.uk) and looking at the papers for the board meeting to be held on Thursday 15th March 2007.
One of the items relates to next year's (2007/8) budget for postgraduate medical education and training. The SHA is the regional budget holder for this money. The alocation from the department of health for next year is £332.8million; this sounds a lot but it covers the salaries of junior staff as well as education and training, postgrad centres etc.
The SHA then cheerful announces that it intends to remove £34.6million from this ring fenced money "to the SHA strategic reserves to support the EoE financial position"
This seems a disgraceful subversion of funds properly intended for the vital functions of education and training, and I would value your comments
Dr Barry Monk