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Posts and beds to go at Princess Alexandra


Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust in Essex will cut 250 staff posts and 60 beds to meet a £17m savings target in the current financial year.

The trusts board papers include an update of its “transformation plan” outlining schemes to save £17m, or 10 per cent of the trusts turnover, in the 2011-12 financial year.

It also said: “The trust is predicted to need to save a further £12m in 2012-13 and £10m in 2013-14.”

The document claimed that the trust will be able to “retain a presence on all current sites”.

It said: “Increased efficiencies in the way the trust operates will enable the same patient demand to be met with fewer resources. This means that there will be an overall reduction in the size of the workforce of approximately 250 posts and a need for approximately 60 fewer hospital beds.”

It said the workforce reduction will “concentrate on non-clinical roles”, with much of it achieved through “vacancy control, redeployment and fewer agency staff”.

The trust, which is based in Harlow, said a voluntary redundancy scheme had been launched.



Readers' comments (4)

  • here we go this is the tip of the iceberg!!

    didnt the tories say they would protect the nhs...sorry must of been yet another lie from this sham of a govt

    i feel sorry for the patients

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  • Anonymous | 17-Aug-2011 12:33 pm this was happening under labour too!

    But seriously, is there suddenly a decrease in the number of patients coming into Princess Alexandra in Essex? Has the population of Essex halved? Didn't think so. Where the hell are they supposed to go? Oh, that's right to all the other overstretched wards!

    Bloody idiots in charge! They should be legally charged with patient negligence!

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  • Mmmm -well this is nothing new it is quietly going on all over the country - sadly the patients may well suffer with being sent home earlier after surgery for their families to take care of them, 'sleepers out' in all areas, and longer waits in ED. The need to be lean and completely focussed on reducing financial waste & inefficiencies is the only way forward & we have to live with that & do the best by our patients & staff. sadly trusts like PAHT are not best placed to manage this they seem to lurk from one crisis to the next never gaining or learning. Thankfully I no longer work for them.

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  • : “Increased efficiencies in the way the trust operates will enable the same patient demand to be met with fewer resources.

    Does this mean they have been deliberately wasting public money all these years!!!! Shocking.

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