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Salford Royal Foundation Trust

Hospital visited by PM plans to cut 400 posts over three years, claims Blears

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One of the hospital trusts visited last week by prime minister David Cameron to launch his new nursing forum has cut hundreds of nurse posts and plans to cut more, according to a Labour MP.

Salford Royal Foundation Trust has cut 200 nursing posts this year, and will cut the same number again over the coming two years, Salford and Eccles MP Hazel Blears told parliament yesterday.

Mr Cameron visited Salford Royal, along with Blackpool Victoria Hospital, last Friday, as part of the launch of his new Nursing Quality Forum, which is intended to tackle recently highlighted shortcomings in “dignity and respect” by initiatives to cut bureaucracy and increase the frequency of ward rounds.   

Addressing health secretary Andrew Lansley, Ms Blears said: “When the secretary of state, together with the prime minister, visited Salford Royal hospital last week to praise the nurse leadership, was he aware that the hospital has cut 200 posts this year and is about to cut a further 200 posts over the next two years as a result of having to take 15 per cent out of its budget?

“Does he not agree that nurse leadership is important, but that we also need the nurses on the wards to be able to deliver effective patient care?,” she asked.

Mr Lansley replied: “Of course I had an opportunity to talk to the chief executive, the nursing director and others at Salford Royal, and I was tremendously impressed, as was the prime minister, by the quality and leadership of the nursing, which demonstrated what he was saying about nursing — that there is best practice inside the NHS, and we need to spread it.

“The right hon. Lady is confusing a cost-improvement programme with a cut. I think members on both sides of the house understand that the NHS is having to make efficiency savings, which involves shifting some resources from the acute sector and hospitals into the community,” he added.

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Readers' comments (8)

  • all i say :staff patient ratio

    we can only do so much

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  • I find this all very confusing. It appears that soon there will be no nurses to lead or does it mean that the leaders themselves will be doing the hourly rounds and all the additional care?

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  • When DC did his original visit to Salford Royal and spoke to managers who implemented the hourly rounds I would like to know by nurse leadership was it a nurse manager or a band 5 exhausted staff nurse from a busy medical ward juggling several jobs at once tearing his/her hair out. Where has Mike gone I miss his realistic comments he says it so much better than I do.

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  • David Cameron, just like his sidekick Andrew Lansley, is so full of s--t. They come out with all this crap, and expect everyone to just lap it up.

    I hope I never have to be a patient; it's hard enough being a nurse and seeing what goes on day after day.

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  • I don't think the fully understand or appreciate what nurses really do. I believe they think that nurses are still doctor's handmaidens and skivvys on the ward! the public are led to believe this as well and patients cannot understand why nurses do not have time to go off and make them a cup of tea whenever they want it.

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  • "The right hon. Lady is confusing a cost-improvement programme with a cut. I think members on both sides of the house understand that the NHS is having to make efficiency savings, which involves shifting some resources from the acute sector and hospitals into the community,” he added"

    Not even close to papering over the cracks.......

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  • tinkerbell

    Lip service. Not providing services in the community is a much cheaper option than keeping hospitals open and much better hidden, as no one will really have any clue what's going on apart from the poor old community nurse. She/he can then bring this to the attention of their manager who will basically say 'tough'. Spotlight off hospitals where you can see when things are going wrong and try to improve. Save a fortune!

    When i was a CPN and nearing the end of my waiting list i was asked by managers if i could slow it down a bit as it was 'good' to have a waiting list. Never really did understand that philosophy. As i had new referrals coming in most every day what did it matter?

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  • “The right hon. Lady is confusing a cost-improvement programme with a cut"

    Doesn`t matter what Mr Lansley calls it, it still means less nurses on the shop floor to deliver front-line care.


    Are we to gather from his comments that those staff will be re-deployed (resource- shifted) to the community? No. thought not.

    Didn`t politicians of all political parties promise us a "new kind of politics" some years ago, whereby we might get some honesty and straigth-talking, without the plolitical spin and jargon?

    Please tell us the truth, we (Nurses) are relatively bright and can understand fairly complex messages/topics.

    I despair with this lot, and unfortunately the other lot don`t seem much better.

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