The private takeover of community services in Suffolk will almost certainly see nursing posts reduced in future, a senior manager has admitted.
Valerie Michie, managing director for health at private firm Serco, has acknowledged that the company expects to reduce the number of community posts in the county.
Around 1,000 NHS staff – a large proportion of which are nurses – transferred to the management company after it won a £140m contract to provide community services across Suffolk earlier this year.
Ms Michie told Nursing Times’ sister title Health Service Journal that the company planned to introduce innovative mobile technology solutions, which would make nurses’ jobs easier.
She accepted savings released through improved technology would come in part through a reduction in workforce costs, but suggested this could come through natural attrition.
“That is no different than what the NHS is currently trying to do,” she said.