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Scottish NHS jobs at risk

3rd June 2010

Jobs across the NHS in Scotland could be cut over the next 12 months, according to workforce projections.

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The NHS in Scotland is forecasting it could lose the equivalent of 3,790 full time staff, including 1,523 nursing and midwifery posts and 1,053 administration service jobs.

Opposition parties at Holyrood forced the Scottish government into releasing the figures, though health Secretary Nicola Sturgeon has stressed the figures were not “set in stone” and there would be no compulsory redundancies.

Ms Sturgeon said patient care remained paramount despite NHS spending challenges.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has already revealed it plans to cut 1,252 posts without compulsory redundancies by 2013, but MSPs now say other health boards across the country are looking at making savings through axing jobs.

Scottish ministers say that despite the last government having cut £500m from NHS spending in Scotland, over all, NHS spending had risen by £264m.

Labour health spokeswoman Jackie Baillie called on ministers to immediately publish workforce planning projections for all Scottish health boards.

“You simply cannot remove thousands of doctors, nurses and midwives from the NHS without damaging standards of care," she said.

The SNP has also published figures which show repayments for PFI hospitals will be more than £1bn within the next five years, which it describes as a “devastating hit” to the NHS budget.

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson said: "PFI is typical of Labour's irresponsible buy-now, pay-later approach to public spending."

The Conservatives said it was “sheer hypocrisy” for Labour to complain about cuts to the NHS.

 

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