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Cardiff nurses face re-banding threat


Trusts are starting to focus on cutting staffing costs as the recession exerts pressure on NHS budgets.

Almost 300 nurses working for Cardiff and Vale NHS Trust in Wales, which is trying to save £60m, have been told their job descriptions could be changed and their Agenda for Change bands altered.

RCN professional officer David Wallace, who covers the Cardiff area, said he had been formally told that almost 300 band 6 nurses could be downgraded to band five.

This is despite the fact that the trust will cease to exist on 1 October under a restructuring of the NHS in Wales, which will see boards and trusts merged. ‘It seems particularly silly for an organisation that is dying to try to make changes that it won’t even be able to implement,’ he said.

Dave Galligan, Unison head of health for Wales, described the proposals as ‘crass and naïve’.

However, a spokesperson for the trust said the plans were just one of a number of options that were being considered.

It also emerged last week that Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was to focus on reducing staffing costs to help save £50m over the next three years.

Speaking at a meeting with the board of governors, chief executive Miles Scott said: ‘We can’t cut £50m by cutting cleaning budgets or letting waiting lists treble. Inevitably, in an organisation with 70% of money going on staffing costs we will have to find a way of reducing our staffing costs.’


Readers' comments (4)

  • I've never considered myself as 'militant' in my views, but my feeling on this is someone's said: "Ok lads, let's cut the workforce, pay those that are left even less and expect them to do more - and be grateful for it".
    And the PM's commission reckons more should be done to promote what we do as Nurses and Midwives? I think that's another definition of Sado-Masochism!

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  • How can they be expected to keep their staff if they downgrade some of the band 6 nurses? First of all there will be ill feeling towards those luckily enough to keep their grade and those who don't will just end up with low morale and will still be expected to do exactly what they did before. Some of those nurses will have given the best years of their lives to the NHS and that is how they are rewarded. Well it stinks.

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  • How short sighted cutting pay and reducing nursing numbers is it demoralises staff and make them feel undervalued
    it is not the way forward waiting lists will rise and standards of care, will fall due to lack of nursing time to be with patients
    are senior manages having their pay cut as well as staff on the front line stop taking staff away from the ward areas causing a lowering in service to our patients.

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  • So much for AfC being a fair system. Equal pay for equal work. What a joke. Everyone understands that savings have to be made, but would it not be better to to axe some of the incompetent managerial posts?

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