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NHS Job Cuts

April 11, 2011 by staff 

NHS Job Cuts, Clinical staff, including doctors and nurses, is half the job cuts in the UK NHS, it has been claimed. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), which holds its annual conference in Liverpool, said the court work could have “disastrous consequences” for patient safety and care.

It said some hospitals were pouring hundreds of nurses, while others were disqualified nursing jobs through the use of less skilled health attendants in place.

The union said it had identified nearly 40,000 jobs in the UK NHS is facing the ax in the next three years, up from the 27,000 it reported in November.

Last year, the figures showed more than 3,000 are set to go on the NHS in Scotland during 2010-11, although the health boards said the figures are only projections and avoid compulsory redundancies.

However, The Scotsman revealed last month that about 2,500 jobs had already been fired a month before the end of the year – with hundreds expected to have passed in late March.

RCN Scotland delegates debate today is how close we can work with employers and governments over a period of cuts in the NHS.

Half of the planned job cuts will fall on NHS clinical staff to care for patients undergoing a severe test, a nursing leader has warned.
Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), said it was a “myth” the Government was protecting the front line against the cuts.

Shedding staff said could have “disastrous consequences” for patient safety and care.

The comments came on the first day of the RCN’s annual conference in Liverpool, where about ,000 nurses have met to discuss key issues.

The evidence shows that some hospitals are axing hundreds of nurses, while others are re nursing jobs through the use of less skilled health attendants in place.

The union has identified nearly 40,000 jobs in the UK NHS facing lost – against the 27,000 it reported in November.

Some layoffs are expected, but most of the losses is expected to be through natural wastage.

A thoroughanlysis of nearly 10,000 job cuts of 21 NHS trusts in England showed that 54% (5,209) are clinical positions, such as nurses and midwives.

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