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'My focus on safety cost me a job' claim

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A nurse has told RCN Congress how he was refused a job at Mid-Staffordshire hospital trust because of the trust’s obsession with saving money.

Croydon branch member Mike Hayward said the problem started when he told an interview panel how he wanted to improve standards and patient safety.

‘I sold myself with a mantra about patient safety. But I felt like an alien - all they wanted to know was how it was going to help them get to foundation trust status.

‘At lunchtime I faced trial by canape. Matrons were on band seven and ward sisters were on band six - but they were happy because they still had a job. Some of their colleagues didn’t have jobs and they were grateful they were still in employment.

‘At the end of the day I asked why I did not get the job [but was told by a senior staff member that] I did not fit into the organisation.

‘They were obsessed with a finance-driven NHS, they did not understand the pressure we are put under.’

Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was slammed in a report by the Healthcare Commission, which raised serious concerns about the standards of care in it A&E and said staffing levels were unsafe.

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