Ambulance service to cut jobs13th April 2011
Up to 890 ambulance jobs could be cut over the next five years in London in a bid to reduce costs.
The London Ambulance Service (LAS) is trying to save £53m over that period and said the cuts would include 560 frontline jobs.
The remaining 330 posts would be lost from management and support services.
However, it pointed out that as 300 staff left each year, most reductions from its 5,000-strong workforce should come from natural wastage.
LAS chief executive Peter Bradley said: “All areas of our business will face closer scrutiny as we look for ways to make savings while improving the care we give to patients.
“But with nearly 80% of our budget spent on staff costs it would be impossible to make the savings required without removing posts. Unfortunately we are not immune to financial pressures facing the NHS.”
However, Unison’s regional organiser Phil Thompson said the cuts were being forced on the service by the government.
He added: “These cuts are so deep they may not heal. If allowed to be carried out they will put at risk the many Londoners who rely on the LAS every day.”
LAS staff deals with more than 1.5m emergency calls each year. Last year the number of call-outs rose by 4.5%.
NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson said there was no excuse to reduce services for patients with the NHS receiving an extra £11.5 billion of funding.
He added: “Every penny saved from measures taken to reduce costs will be reinvested in patient care.”
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Title: Ambulance service to cut jobs
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 18219
Date Added: 13th Apr 2011