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Nurses at risk from job cuts 'bloodbath'


Yesterday I was reading the NT about nurses possibly being asked to take on some of the jobs of junior doctors who are about to embark on a 48hour week. Obviously this will reduce the amount of time nurses have to fulfil their role. I was thinking of responding to the thoughts that arose in my head about employing more nurses and increasing our pay for these extra responsibilities, but decided not to. Today however I feel incensed. I despair of those who make decisions about the NHS. Someone better re-read Lord Darzi's report which talked of 'an NHS fit for the future' being safe, effective and offering quality care to the patient. This I can see will not now be possible. As a clinical nurse specialist and having been employed by the NHS for the best part of 35 years I would never consider my pay as 'generous' in relation to my experience and what I achieve every day. I could earn more as a supervisor in a supermarket. However I am sure that alot of my colleagues would agree that job cuts could be made in many of the managerial departments in our hospitals. So I suggest you look again at that side of the NHS rather than making ridiculous decisions about the real workforce of the NHS

Posted date

16 June, 2009

Posted time

1:57 pm