NHS jobs cut despite promises7th July 2010
The Royal College of Nursing has said the government is planning "crude" cuts to jobs in the health service in order to make savings.
The union said the number of job losses would stand at 10,000 - twice the number made two months previously.
In April, the union said that at least 5,600 posts had been cut or were in danger of being cut, according to information from 26 trusts in England.
The RCN said the number of potential cuts had now increased to 9,973 posts and involved 100 NHS bodies in England.
The NHS must find £20 billion in savings by 2014 in order to deal with increases in costs, an elderly population and the rise in obesity in the UK.
RCN chief executive Peter Carter said: "Our figures expose the myth that frontline services will be protected. If this trend for cuts continues the NHS will soon be straining at the seams."
He said that he was worried that specialist nursing positions would be cut along with general nursing jobs.
"Local NHS organisations appear to be adopting a slash and burn approach to jobs which is shocking and will have a disastrous effect not only on the quality of care provided but on the range of treatments that are available", Mr Carter added.
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Title: NHS jobs cut despite promises
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15411
Date Added: 7th Jul 2010