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RCN members denounce 'cuts in name of transformation'

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Members of the Royal College of Nursing have denounced attempts to make cuts to NHS services in the name of “transformation”.

A resolution submitted by the RCN Essex Branch called on the college council to “denounce ‘service transformation’ as a cynical way of downgrading staff and cutting costs”.

The resolution was passed by a majority of 97.7% of delegates at this year’s annual congress in Harrogate, while just 2.3% voted against.

In making the case for its resolution, the Essex branch highlighted the Commons health select committee’s report on NHS finances published earlier this year.

The branch said the health committee has “expressed concern that efficiency savings were being met by short-term cuts in England, with existing services being ‘salami sliced’ by trusts, rather than organisations working together to sustainably change the way care is delivered”.

It also cited the RCN’s own Frontline First campaign as evidence that short-term savings were being attempted instead of genuine “transformation and integration”, which would result in long term financial benefits.

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