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More than 10% of nursing posts to be cut at hospital trust

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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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  • Im sure its 20% of staff not 10%

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  • Unions are you doing anything?

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  • Anonymous | 4-Feb-2011 11:23 am

    Unions are you doing anything?

    unrealistic. jobs are created and maintained to meet healthcare and current market needs according to funding available and this situation is in constant fluctuation and it is pointless fighting against it for other motives such as salaries, working conditions, keeping individual jobs, etc. unfortunately in this competitive world jobs are not created simply to keep people in employment. If the employers do not have the funds and wish to make savings they are not just going to keep nurses in posts because the nurses believe they are short staffed or to benefit the patients they are caring for. the labour market simply does not function in this way and employers have to be ruthless to keep their economy going. they may be misguided in their decisions to keep too many and too costly admin. staff and too few front line staff directly involved in patient care but the final decision rests with them.

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  • Personally I think it was unrealistic to bail out the banks to the tune of 1 trillion plus, enough to fund the whole NHS England for more than 10 years.

    In addition billions of pounds were printed as part of 'quantative easing' which is now causing a sharp increase in inflation.

    I would respectfully suggest that the role of international finance is less important than the job of keeping people healthy and ... alive. After all its relatively difficult to flog dead people financial products (though I'm sure the bankers are working on this).

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  • Again where is the RCN in this matter.
    The hilarity of these trusts actions is clearly palpable.
    The huge irony is that all trusts really should make cuts from the administrative side simply because the vast majority of trusts lumber on in the dark ages of computing and administration.

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  • Time for staff to start joining unions and then urging action!

    Also need nurses to stop claiming cuts should be in admin grades - we will end up doing their jobs!

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  • Easy to say cut the administrative posts, but how often do we hear RN's complaining about the paperwork that needs doing?

    If paperwork is not needed, believe me (as a former RN and now manager) we are getting rid of useless documentation rituals where we can.

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  • Looking at the comments I do not think any of us fully understand the situation and I wonder how helpful our suggestions really are. I am no economist but I have the impression that if the banks had not been rescued the whole country and the global economy would have ground to a halt and collapsed and we would all end up in financial ruin where even the nhs and it hospitals would no longer be left to save us.

    It seems that the world is becoming increasingly complex and nobody knows its future or where all the technology we are developing at an alarming speed is taking us. It seems that we and the leaders are losing a grip on the control of our circumstances and we no longer know who is able to regain control or how. Even the politicians and world leaders seem to be increasingly floundering and all their proposals are mere experimentation without any certainty or guarantees of their desired outcomes.

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  • I wonder if this trust would of signed up for the incremental pay freeze to secure bands 1 to 6 or would they of not bothered and cut.

    I think they would of probably of signed up and declared made these 200 or so redundancies. Thank got our unions did ONEcsingle good thing and reject the incremental freeze proposal. Sadly, we mayn't have a job to have a incremental rise in!!!

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  • I wonder if this trust would of signed up for the incremental pay freeze to secure bands 1 to 6 or would they of not bothered and cut.

    I think they would of probably of signed up and declared made these 200 or so redundancies. Thank got our unions did ONEcsingle good thing and reject the incremental freeze proposal. Sadly, we mayn't have a job to have a incremental rise in!!!

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