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Job cuts condemned by union

16th April 2007

A study by the Royal College of Nursing claims 22,300 NHS posts have been lost in England over the last 18 months.

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Findings were published in a study entitled ‘Our NHS - Today and Tomorrow,’ which was released in time for the start of the RCN’s annual conference on 15 April.

Prime Minister Tony Blair told the BBC’s Politics Show the findings were “greatly exaggerated?. The most recent government forecasts for the third quarter of 2006-7 indicated the NHS was predicted to close the year with a £13m surplus. This figure contradicts the deficits forecasted by 1 in 3 hospitals and primary care trusts.

The RCN study, compiled from reports by members and NHS board papers, said trusts had been obliged to drop 22,300 posts due to redundancies and a freeze on hiring new staff. Specialist nursing posts were reported to have been most affected.

The Department of Health commented that the RCN study showed the "natural turnover of staff" which occurs in any corporation.

Mr Blair told the BBC: "The fact is, today we have a workforce which is 300,000 more than it was in 1997." He claimed that by the end of 2008, waiting list problems would be “effectively dealt with.

RCN general secretary Dr Peter Carter stated his support of the findings: "The deficits issue is not history - it is real, entrenched and continues to hit patient care, services and jobs.?

 

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Karen McDonald

Wednesday 18th April 2007 @ 22:16

Perhaps Mr Blair's figure is correct - if he's considering that most new NHS jobs are now part time work - then maybe there are more staff
But the difference between what can be achieved by 10 part time workers as opposed to 10 full time workers is self evident, is it not? More is not necessarily better, if the quantity of work than can be achieved is less, do you agree?

Anonymous

Thursday 19th April 2007 @ 9:51

As a matron managing two areas with a total of 12 jobs vacant,
the Prime Minister needs to realise that the many targets now in place detract from patient care.


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Article Information

Title: Job cuts condemned by union
Author: Martine Hamilton
Article Id: 2548
Date Added: 16th Apr 2007

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