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Nurses at FTs face redundancy

29th January 2010

A leaked report from the Foundation Trust Network has suggested that nurses working for foundation trusts are at risk of compulsory redundancy because of the a looming spending squeeze.

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The document, leaked to the union UNISON and seen by Nursing Times, proposes radical changes to current employment conditions for NHS staff and is based on a survey of the network’s members.

The document states there is now widespread recognition that natural wastage of jobs will fail to offer the skill mix needed to sustain patient services and that redundancies are likely.

The report contains a list of 17 changes ranging from freezing increments on pay progression for 2-3 years to capping pensions for staff earning over £100,000 a year and axing the clinical excellence awards.

The document states: “Foundation trusts do not believe that, in the economic climate and given the system and reconfiguration challenges they are facing, it will be possible to offer any guarantees that compulsory redundancies will not be required.

“However, all foundation trusts will want to fulfil their responsibilities as good employers in supporting staff to find suitable alternative employment in partnership with the local health economy as a whole.”

UNISON says the document is evidence that the Foundation Trust Network has “a lengthy shopping list of damaging NHS cuts.”

The union’s senior national officer for health Mike Jackson said: “This is a bizarre way to deal with the challenges facing the NHS. The FTN has its own agenda and plans to try and torpedo today’s discussions.”

 

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