NHS still in crisis, says RCN17th August 2006
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says that the impact of deficits on NHS services and staff shows no sign of slowing down, with posts at risk of being lost to the NHS now standing at 18,000.
In response the RCN has launched a renewed appeal to nurses to sign a petition condemning cuts to NHS staff and services.
The figures have been compiled by analysing weekly reports from RCN activists and staff across England. They have compiled a selection of new cuts to NHS staff and services which include:
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trusts to cut 222 posts from a range of services
1,200 posts and 186 beds to be cut after the merger of two Nottingham hospitals
East and North Herts NHS Trust to cut up to 500 posts at hospitals in Hertfordshire
Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust continues efforts to save £33m by cutting services and 600 posts
City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust to cut 500 posts
West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust to cut up to 500 posts
Buckinghamshire PCTs who have a large financial deficit, plan to reduce the staff in almost all their community services including almost 50 district nursing posts.
Dr Beverly Malone, General Secretary of the RCN, said that “The RCN is fighting hard to keep nurses working and patients safe and whilst we continue to campaign against cuts in the NHS".
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