Foundation trusts reveal wage bill cuts15th December 2011
Some foundation trust hospitals are forecasting wage bill cuts of 10% or more over the next two years, it has emerged.
Analysis by HSJ found that at least five acute foundation trusts have forecast reductions at a time that regulator Monitor revealed the foundation sector overall is planning to shed at least 30,500 whole time equivalent posts between April 2012 and April 2014.
The figure was released by Monitor under the Freedom of Information Act and is based on the workforce figures foundations submitted to the regulator in support of their projected expenditure on employees between 2011/12 and 2013/14.
However, figures for individual foundations were not released because it was felt that releasing data on planned redundancies could affect a trust’s ability to compete for health service contracts.
Trusts planning wage bill cuts are Cambridge University Hospitals FT (at 14.2%, or £44.9m); South Devon Healthcare (13.9%, or £18m); Tameside (13%, or £12.2m); York Teaching Hospital (12.9%, or £24.1m); and Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals (11.5%, or £18.8m.)
Basildon and Thurrock personnel director Nigel Taylor said with less money, the plan is for less activity and savings will have to be made.
He added: “We will continue to do everything we can to minimise the impact for staff.”
Tameside said its planned pay bill reduction would not solely be through loss of posts but would see less money spent on agency staff while CUHFT said its pay bill plans should not be interpreted as indicating an actual plan to reduce pay on this scale.
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Title: Foundation trusts reveal wage bill cuts
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20602
Date Added: 15th Dec 2011