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300 jobs at risk as part of £32m savings programme

An acute trust in London is considering cutting nearly 300 jobs as part of a £32m savings programme over the next 12 months.

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Northwick Park Hospital, predicts it will be£2m in deficit by the end of this financial year. It said it would have to make savings of£32m by March 2010 to balance its books.

Last year, it raised around£5m from selling land. Board papers, published late last month, showed it was seeking to identify more land to sell.

Meanwhile, staff have been informed that the workforce is to be reduced to save money. The board report shows that the trust has already overspent on its wage budget by£1.8m this financial year.

Nursing Times understands that staff were informed last month that up to 400 posts were to be made redundant. This was later revised to 277.

A meeting between unions and management is expected to provide further details this week. No details of how nursing staff might be affected are available.

Peter Nzekwe, Unison branch secretary, said: ‘We had a staff side meeting two weeks ago, where they said they would need to make savings and it could affect up to 400 posts. They came up with a figure last week, which was 238, then they changed it to 277.’

A trust spokesperson said: ‘We cannot rule out some reductions in the number of posts but specific details have not been decided as yet. We will not be making 400 redundancies.’ The trust also runs Central Middlesex Hospital in Park Royal and St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow.


Readers' comments (7)

  • 'Staff were informed.....'

    Really? I work for this Trust and have been informed of nothing.

    Except that more than one specialised nurse lost her job at the end of last week.

    We were informed by the staff concerned.

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  • I also work for that trust. What I do not understand is how nurses are being made redundant and on one ward alone there are 10 vacancies. Most wards donot have safe staffing levels. This is highly outrageous. Patients are constantly at risk.

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  • I heard five nurse practitioners lost their jobs and many more specialist posts to go all band 7 and above, and A&E central will go to the pct poly clinic??. Its sad because the government encouarged nurses to specialise and this is what happens to nurses who have done that. Not forgetting they are all have 15yrs or more service.

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  • How does the system work? that one day these specialist positions are needed and all of a sudden the next day they are not. I wonder what would the MP for the area say to these nursing redundancies. Barry Gardiner- Brent North

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  • There have been several rounds of consultations in this Trust over the past two years and the staff reduction is such that it is now at danger level. Nurses are over worked, working very long hours per day, specialist nurses removed from their post by the nursing director who as catogorically stated that she has no regards for shuch nurses and finds it very easy to sigh consultstion papers in eradicating them from their post even though its been a government inititive for sometime.

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  • Sometimes it is so busy there is just no let up and we just have to carry on we are exhausted. If the loss of these posts means even more pressure on us I for one think I will have to leave. It is more than anyone can expect of the hardest worker. And what thanks from the NHS/trust? No Christmas bonuses for us, not even a penny, not even a Christmas pudding, we had to bring our own. Christmas Day, Bank Holidays, weekends are just another working day for us as far as our superiors are concerned; it would be nice to be acknowledged now and again; and not just when given our P45.

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  • From all that has been written previously it appears to be a rather shameful trust where much abuse to staff moral takes place, especially reading about the Nursing, wow, wow

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