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RCN reveals South West nursing fall and steps up pay campaign

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I work for one of the Trusts involved. Staff suggestions to reduce waste and generate income are consistently ignored. Large amounts of money are seen to be wasted on weekend initiative clinics when there are other solutions; locum and agency nurse use is spiralling because regular posts have been removed. Admin staff are constantly shuffled to the department with the longest typing queue. Peremptory bed closures are now being reversed as they are acknowledged to have been based on innaccurate figures. And cutting staff T&C's is seen as the FIRST option? I am mobile and along with many others, actively looking elsewhere. Skilled and motivated staff will do this. Those with family ties will remain, unhappily, as will the less motivated and less qualified staff. There is already a difficulty recruiting to specialist services in the area, with key posts vacant, neccessitating expensive locums. The costs resulting from this escapade, both monetary and in standards of care and staff engagement, will far outweigh the savings made by unilaterally varying peoples' contracts.

Posted date

8 September, 2012

Posted time

11:15 am

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