All senior nurses at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust are set to have their jobs reassessed and some may be downgraded.
New job descriptions have been drawn up by the trust for the group of around 100 nurses, who are ward sisters and above, and they will be put through a series of tests to see if they have the competencies required.
The trust says the plans aim to simplify the senior nursing and midwifery structure. They have been put out to consultation but a trust spokeswoman said timeframes for the changes were yet to be decided.
The spokeswoman added that the restructure was about ensuring “the right people are in the right roles with the right levels of empowerment and accountability” rather than cost cutting or making people redundant. However, she added that when people were moved from their current role redundancy may be considered.
Chris Dayus, Unison regional officer for the South West, said the nurses involved were deeply unhappy about the proposals. “The nurses are very angry. It’s like somebody standing in front of them and saying you are not performing properly.”