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53,000 NHS jobs 'under threat'


More than 50,000 NHS jobs face being axed, including doctors, nurses and dentists, because of government spending cuts, “destroying” claims about the funding of the health service, according to a new report.

A study by False Economy, an anti-cuts campaign group, found that health trusts across the country were cutting staff or warning of job losses.

The TUC said the research, out yesterday, “gives the lie” to government claims that the NHS was safe in their hands.

The report detailed a series of cuts, including:

  • East Lancashire Hospitals Trust, which expects to shed 1,013 full-time equivalent staff from 2010-15, including 270 nurses, midwives and health visitors.
  • Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which is cutting 682 full-time equivalent posts between 2010 and 2013. 110 posts have already gone.
  • University Hospital of North Staffordshire Trust, which is forecasting a reduction of 1,349 full-time posts from 2011-15 - some 22.5% of its entire staff.
  • Countess of Chester Hospital Foundation Trust, which expects to cut 461 full-time posts by 2015 - a 16% reduction including a 12% cut in nurses, midwives and health visitors.
  • Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, which is cutting 1,755 full-time posts in 2010-11 - nearly a 9% reduction in one year, including 620 nurses.
  • Royal Devon and Exeter Foundation Trust, which plans to shed 1,115 full-time posts from 2011-14, mainly through natural turnover.

False Economy said the total number of confirmed, planned and potential NHS staff cuts across the country was more than 53,000, adding that more NHS trusts were expected to announce staff cuts over the next four months, including all Wales’ health boards.

Unison’s general secretary Dave Prentis said: “The Tories cannot ignore the mounting evidence that they have got it wrong on the health service, and wrong on recovery. They need to put the brakes on the cuts, and shelve the titanic re-organisation of the health service before it’s too late.”

Royal College of Nursing general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: “We understand that the government wants to protect frontline services. However, it is now vital that trusts are open and transparent about their plans.”

A Department of Health source said: “This is scaremongering from the unions. We promised to reduce NHS bureaucracy and plough this money straight back into patient care, and that is exactly what we are delivering.

“Since last May, there are almost 2,500 more doctors, more nurses and more midwives - and 2,000 fewer managers.”

NHS Confederation acting chief executive Nigel Edwards said: “The NHS faces an absolutely massive financial challenge and job losses are a very sad but inevitable consequence of that. This is going to be one of the toughest ever years for the NHS and it will be very difficult for those affected.”

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Readers' comments (22)

  • how does the goverment expect to recruit trainees to a Profession that is already struggling with a worldwide shortag? Also they say that they are ploughing the money they save back into patient care, but who do they expect to care for the patients, if they have cutback on all the staff?

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  • If true 53,000 equates to 0.35% of the total workforce or one in 28.3 by my reckoning.

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  • Sorry should read 3.5%.

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  • we keep hearing the phrase "protecting frontline services" from politicians and Chief Execs of Trusts, BUT they dont seem to realise that their empoyees run those frontline services. Thre wont be any service without staff!

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  • Who Cares? Give me my redundancy money any day; then I can do something else. Why does anyone want to nurse?
    The hours are rubbish. The patients winge and the managers winge even more.

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  • Accontancy trained Chief Exec's, Senior Management and their similarly unqualified underlings and sycophants consider themselves to be front line staff anyway.... They are therefore telling no lies when they say they will protect front line jobs because they're hardly likely to relieve themselves of their 250k + jobs any time soon.

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  • Has somebody calculated how the amount of taxpayers hard earned cash is going to pay for the reorganisation of the NHS, and whether (?) this is included in the 'increased investment in real terms!!!!!'

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  • This is history repeating itself what will happen people will decide not to go into the nursing/medical profession then about five to ten years down the line there will be a severe shortage of all types of staff to work in the NHS then you will have the repeated scenario of Trusts going to various Countries recruiting nurses doctors etc. It happen before and it will happen again and who suffers the patient who has been working and paying for a service which at times let some people down.

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  • Sort out today, flip tomorrow. NHS in a nutshell.

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  • to all those people who voted in this govt...hope your very proud of yourselves..reap what you sow!!!!

    thatcher puppet cameron is on his way!!!

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