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Downbanding plans at top children's hospital leaked on intranet

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.”

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  • downband the top management

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  • erm i believe this document was not TAKEN from the theatre teams computer and placed on the intranet at all.Allegedly it was left on a K drive for all to see. it was taken off when it became known that the staff in theatre had seen this document. so was it a "mistake" that it had been left on for them to see.And i also believe that this marcia mercer hasnt even been over to see the nurses affected by these cuts.

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  • This article has once again displayed the irresponsible attitude of the management at the Children's Foundation. This is in response to phrases such as "taken" and "placed on the intranet". The document was not "taken" it was freely available on a public drive utilised by the whole hospital on a daily basis. The staff member did not "take" as this phrase implies, any information found on this drive is for public consumption. In addition the document was not placed on the hospital intranet at any time. Clarification regarding the term "taken" has been requested from Marcia Mercer and other management and all have so far refused to comment. The staff within theatre are once again demoralised as we feel we have been accused of theft of this document.

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