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Recession sparks NHS hospital job losses


Hospital staff at three London hospitals have warned of an increase in the number of NHS job losses as the recession deepens.

North West London Hospitals NHS Trust said it was talking to staff about its plans to slash expenditure by£32 million in 2009/10, which could lead to 270 job cuts.

The Trust has already recognised 35 posts to be axed, while 120 others will be lost through potential transfers to other organisations, and a further 80 will be cut through natural turnover such as retirement.

The Trust's chief executive, Fiona Wise, said: 'We have not identified all the savings required and will be continuing to look at ways of changing the way we work to become more efficient. This may include making further changes to the workforce but we expect any further redundancies to be minimal.'

Campaigners at hospitals in Northwick Park and St Mark's in Harrow, and Central Middlesex Hospital in Park Royal, fear that cost-saving measures will lead to staff redundancies at NHS hospitals across the country.

Geoff Martin, of campaign group Health Emergency, said: 'These job losses prove that the recession has moved from the factory floor to the hospital wards. No-one is safe in the current economic crisis.'

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  • Here we go again

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  • Is there a stimulus package available?

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  • We are suffering the same crisis here in the USA. In a time when there is a nursing shortage already it is made worse by layoffs. The number of elective surgeries have declined and even patient visits to the ED have declined. People are out of work and have lost their insurance. Since we do not have a system of public health like yours, this is disasterous on the population of people with chronic health issues.

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