A north London trust has launched a massive recruitment drive for more than 300 nursing staff as part of local reconfiguration plans.
North Middlesex University Hospital Trust announced this week that it was recruiting nearly 450 nurses, midwives and doctors in order to take on the provision of services from the nearby Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals Trust.
North Middlesex currently has around 2,350 staff but is looking for a further 210 nurses and midwives, and 100 healthcare assistants by the end of 2013.
The move is in preparation for the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Clinical strategy, which is expected to start later this year.
The contentious £114.6m strategy, which was signed off by commissioners on 16 September, will see Chase Farm Hospital lose its accident and emergency department and maternity unit.
New services at North Middlesex University Hospital will include a midwife-led birthing centre, neonatal unit, stroke unit, medical and surgical wards, and more accident and emergency services.
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