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Kent mental health trust to shed 20 nursing posts


Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust is expecting to cut around 20 qualified nursing positions over 2011-12, Nursing Times has learned.

The trust is forecasting making the cut as a part of a raft of efficiency savings but said that it was not yet confirmed. It currently has 976 qualified nursing staff.

A spokeswoman said: “Our primary focus is on delivering services more efficiently, thus protecting frontline services and focusing on reducing back office costs.”

She added that the trust was unable to make any comment about any cuts in nursing posts in 2012-2013 at this stage.


Readers' comments (2)

  • Surely their primary focus should be on delivering services well, to a high standard - a service their service users are happy with.
    I`m not sure how this is ever achieved with reducing numbers of staff. Efficiency is usually a euphamism for cheaply.

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  • Adrian Bolt

    This sounds predictably like a bit of shroud waving on the part of The Nursing Times to me.

    20 posts represents only 2% of the workforce and can probably be achieved by natural wastage.

    The trust is only “forecasting” cutting 20 posts so it probably won’t happen anyway and I notice that Kent and Medway MH trust are currently advertising for two band 5 staff nurse posts so it is not all bad news.

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