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NHS staff to find out if their jobs are at risk by September

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NHS staff facing potential redundancy or a change in their roles as a result of the government’s reform plans will be informed by the end of September.

The letter from NHS chief executive Sir David Nicholson states: “I am conscious of the need to work in partnership through this change with those staff, particularly in strategic health authorities and primary care trusts who will be most affected. There is significant uncertainty for these colleagues about how many jobs, of what type and in what organisations will exist in the new landscape, and what this means for them. We will work with them and their representative organisations…in designing a fair and transparent process for identifying their future”.

He stresses: “Consultation with staff and their representatives will be handled locally.”

Later in the letter, Sir David writes: “Numbers of managerial staff will decrease significantly. Staff may also experience change in who they work for and the nature of that work.”

NHS East of England chief executive Sir Neil McKay has been appointed to oversee the regional support programme for at risk staff.

The “agreed HR framework” will be set up to support staff through the transition to the new structures, due to be completed during 2013-14. Sir David’s letter says: “All staff affected by change should have an initial interview with their line manager to discuss the situation by the end of September 2010.”

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  • As long as all those letters of redundancy are aimed at HR departments, admin, managers, directors, coordinators, etc, and not at clinical staff, then I won't be shedding any tears.

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  • we really need a good spring cleaning. start with the health department, the bureaucrats who came up with the strategies and policies during labour government are still there. they should be tried for treason against the people. labour ministers of health should be made accountable for the wastage of public money and sentenced to spend their life in Siberia (this will endear us to the russian, free labour for them, ironic labour ministers doing hard labour) next all the nhs organisation executives, confederation etc, then the nhs trust. public hearings about the duties of general manager of surgery or nurse consultant or director of strategic planning or director of the director's toilet bowl cleaning and so on.
    matrons, lead nurses, nursing directors, etc.
    if found that they really did nothing then pay back the salary paid with 50% interest or work for the rest of their life as HCA.

    maybe I am just pissed off and don't care anymore but i really hope this is not just a popular rhetoric of the new minister of labour.

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  • Lets hope that they leave front line staff alone & that includes matrons & nurse specialists who have a quality role to play in the future.
    We need to rid the NHS of the directors of this & that, change project managers & those who get a job for jobs sake to tick the target boxes = what do they really contribute to patient care?

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  • Why would you use the role of an HCA as punishment for all those you feel should give payback.
    As an HCA for the past 17yrs I take offence at my role being used in a demeaning way. We (most of us) deliver top class care to patients and have good skills to offer. We're often the butt of such comments and its time that stopped.

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  • Here we go again, this is realy getting quite tedious. I have been reporting for months what is actualy happening right now and still the message is being ignored. Already 100's if not 1000's of nursing jobs have gone across the country with widespread ward closures. This does not take into account allied jobs lost, PT's OT's Dr's, lab staff, etc.. To say people will know by september if their job is at risk is realy taking the mickey out of us and is a serious insult to our inteligence. there only seems to be a level of concern when managers themselves are at risk, but on a serious note, managers always seem to 'manage' to feather their own nests and net another cushey job somewhere else so I will certainly not be worrying about them. We will find out soon enough that we can manage very well without them and that thet were not needed in the first place. All the matrons where I work are being finished, 60 in all, after only 3 or 4 years in post, it begs the question why on earth they were set on in the first place.

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  • Anonymous | 13-Jul-2010 8:38 pm, Perhaps he meant that they should be forced to do a meaningful job that gets crap pay. The opposite of what they do now.

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  • Martin Gray

    Managers, etc. are bound to go into self protect mode. It's survival of the... well, not fittest perhaps, but you get my drift. There will be those nurses that have climbed the career ladder to become more involved in administration as team leaders, community service managers, etc. I wonder what is going to happen to them? Will they be forced to work back in the clinical environments, without their present pay and perks protected in some way?

    And what cost to the tax payer in terms of those people losing their jobs ending up on benefits? It's a bit of robbing Peter to give to Paul, so there is little loss in public expenditure.

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  • Hi anonymous 13 July 8:38 pm, Mike got it right.
    I am sorry if you felt offended, but as a nurse the only person who I can rely on and who support me in caring for patients are the wonderful HCA's I work with. over the years hca have taken on more of the nurse's responsibilities but continue to be poorly paid.
    and when i said they should work as hca i meant that for once they can provide real direct patient care.
    i apologise for the misunderstanding caused.

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  • Sorry to say this, but you are all so short sighted. The destruction of the NHS by this Government has been planned for many years. The private sector will be built up and some of you may find that acceptable as long as you can get a job. The aim is to reduce the numbers of people in the NHS. Managers will be reduced, a popular decision perhaps, but remember ward "managers" and others who work on the front line come into that category and it will not stop there - so watch this space and don't be so quick to criticise others - we should support each other where you can through these changes.

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  • Sorry to say this, but you are all so short sighted. The destruction of the NHS by this Government has been planned for many years. The private sector will be built up and some of you may find that acceptable as long as you can get a job. The aim is to reduce the numbers of people in the NHS. Managers will be reduced, a popular decision perhaps, but remember ward "managers" and others who work on the front line come into that category and it will not stop there - so watch this space and don't be so quick to criticise others - we should support each other where you can through these changes.

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