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Nurse strike threat

7th December 2006

13122006_nursing.jpgA team of senior nurses being told to re-apply for their own jobs at an NHS trust are considering strike action over the move.

A total of 40 band seven nurses have been asked to reapply after Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust cut 10 posts.

The move comes as part of the trust’ efforts to improve efficiency. The nurses will face formal interviews following their application.

The trust says there will be no compulsory redundancies, but the 10 nurses who fail to get a job, will be offered posts at lower pay bands.

The nurses say the cuts are being driven by the trust’s need to save money and deal with their deficit and are discussing the possibility of strike action.

The RCN said it would only support industrial action as a last resort.

The hospital denies the move is related to saving money but is a result of a review of skill mixes.

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