More than 250 nursing posts are to be axed by Barts and The London NHS Trust.
The trust confirmed last Thursday it would cut the equivalent of 258 full-time posts – more than 10% of the trust’s current nursing complement – but claimed this would not affect frontline care. A total of 635 posts are due to disappear across the trust as part of efforts to meet government efficiency savings targets.
A trust spokeswoman said: “We do not expect any compulsory redundancies among frontline clinical staff, but jobs will change and we will be asking staff to be flexible by moving into new roles, and filling existing and future vacancies which arise from our 10% annual staff turnover.”
The acute trust is due to take over the running of NHS Tower Hamlets community services in April, and district nursing staff have previously told Nursing Times of their concerns at being asked to cover hospital shifts.
Latest figures from the NHS Information Centre show Barts has 2,447 full-time nursing, midwifery and health visiting posts, while NHS Tower Hamlets employs 296.
Barts and The London is also in the running to take over the running of two nearby smaller acute trusts, Whipps Cross University Hospital NHS Trust and Newham University Hospital NHS Trusts.
Unison head of health Karen Jennings said: “How is the trust meant to run with hundreds fewer health workers, including 250 less nurses?
“This explodes the myth that the cuts are all back office jobs. Quite clearly this is about frontline clinical staff and services to patients.”
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