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Government cuts threaten NHS staff

Published 28th July, 2010 by Neil Nixon

Government cuts threaten NHS staff

Data gathered by the Royal College of Nursing has revealed that some NHS staff may be at risk from government cuts. The union fired the warning just as health trusts cut thousands of jobs as they try to deliver £20 billion of savings, despite the coalition government's earlier guarantees to ring-fence frontline services.

The union says its survey of 100 NHS organisations showed that in the past six months, 9973 posts had been lost through recruitment freezes, redundancies and staff not being replaced when they retire. In more than 25 health trusts there were plans for compulsory redundancies, while several others were closing wards to save money, and some had proposed rebranding jobs to make savings.

Mark Woodhead, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “There seems to be a growing gulf between the coalition government’s pledges to protect patients, and the staffing cuts being forced upon NHS trusts. Time and time again it has been proved that nurses, cleaners and facilities management staff play a key role in keeping our hospitals hygienic, clean and safe; the British Cleaning Council is against any moves that do not reflect their importance.”

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