Plans to downband theatre nurses and cut posts at one of the country’s major children’s hospitals have been mistakenly revealed on its staff website following an internal leak, Nursing Times has learnt.
Staff at Alder Hey Children’s Foundation Trust in Liverpool discovered the proposals when they logged into the trust’s intranet. Nursing Times understands a document said 17 whole time equivalent posts could be cut in the theatres department and raised the possibility of nurses being moved down an Agenda for Change pay band.
Unison’s Liverpool regional organiser Paul Summers said the document was “written in a “callous way” and was “nerve-racking for the staff” to read.
The trust is one of only four stand-alone paediatric trusts in the UK and employs 2,800 people. The teaching hospital is a centre of excellence for children with cancer, heart, spinal and brain disease and trains 400 nursing students each year.
However, it needs to make tough “efficiency” savings. Earlier this year its board agreed plans to cut staff numbers by 232 to save £4.5m on pay over the next three years, equivalent to four whole time equivalent posts this year, and 74 in each of the subsequent years.
The trust’s deputy director of nursing Marcia Mercer said the draft proposal document detailing changes to the theatres over the next four years was “taken” from the theatre team’s computer drive and placed onto the intranet by a member of staff. It was due to be shared with staff in early December.
She said: “The proposal was not a plan for compulsory redundancies at Alder Hey and never has been.”