A GOVERNMENT-ordered reorganisation of the NHS in Barnsley is to cost the town £18 million in a move which has caused wholesale criticism.

The nationwide NHS reorganisation has a price tag of £17,942,169 for Barnsley - money which could have been spent on hospital beds, nurse’s salaries and medication.

Dan Jarvis MP said: “This is totally indefensible and people in Barnsley will be appalled.

“I am deeply concerned about the impact this is going to have on patient care in Barnsley. I want the government doing all they can to help patients in Barnsley who are desperately in need of first class care. That is far more important than a non-essential, massively expensive, reorganisation, for which there is no democratic mandate.”