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In a poll of 8000 nurses, the Royal College of Nursing concludes that huge numbers of it’s members believe their jobs are vulnerable.
Over 20,000 nurses believe that they will have lost their jobs by this time next year and almost 30,000 worry that they will lose responsibilities. In all, 75,000 nurses believe they may be made redundant, lose hours or be demoted within the next 12 months.
And it would seem that fears are justified as trusts across the country begin to reduce their numbers of mental health nurses in …

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Further cuts will put women at risk announce the Royal College of Midwives.
The NHS already acknowledges that there are too few midwives, particularly in London and the South-east of England, however, over a third of senior midwives questioned admit they will probably have to make more cuts within the next year to save money.
The Royal College warns that further cuts within an already understaffed service will mean that the NHS will no longer be able to guarantee the safety of ladies giving birth in their hospitals.
Already, of the senior midwives …

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money for compensation

Andrew Lansley, the government’s Health Secretary, has made it clear that he wants to practically halve the amount of cash that goes on managers in the NHS. This is due to take place over a four year period.
But the most recent figures to be released show that a massive amount is still being shelled out to headhunt managers for the NHS. A whopping £16 million is being given out to recruitment firms to find the best staff for various managerial roles. The most reported example of such headhunting involved a …

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Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon has announced a raft of job cuts. A total of 281 NHS posts have been identified as casualties of the hospital’s efforts to reduce its outgoings during the 2011-2012 year. A total of £31 million is due to be saved by getting rid of the posts, although it is thought that many staff members will be moved into other posts.
A total of 130 nursing positions are available in Derriford Hospital at present. However 145 of the 281 jobs set to go are also nursing positions. …

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Following the horrific Panorama underground investigation into the patient abuse at a mental-health hospital close to Bristol, it’s clear that despite staff tip-offs and investigations the system woefully failed these vulnerable patients.
But how easy is it to blow the whistle on unethical practices in the NHS?  In theory it all sounds very simple, and most PCT’s have guidelines in place as to how to go about this.  Indeed, in his first major speech last year Andrew Lansley stated, “NHS staff need to be free to raise concerns and shielded from …

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New figures have revealed that some NHS Chief Executives can look forward to an annual pension of up to £110,000 despite the government struggling to make it’s recommended cutbacks.
In comparison, the average public sector worker can expect to receive an annual pension of around £7000. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers accountancy firm, private sector workers would have to save 37% of their wages to match the pension of someone in the public sector on a similar wage.
The biggest retirement payout will go to Sir Neil McKay of the East of England authority. …

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John Devitt, CEO of Sunderland community interest company, Counted4, has made clear his thoughts on where the refocus of the NHS should be heading.
In his opinion, and perhaps an opinion held by many, the NHS is still far too top heavy with management and senior staff as opposed to those who are the lifeblood of the service – frontline staff.
Mr Devitt’s opinion is that the proposed reforms offer a real opportunity for the NHS to change for the better – but only if the changes implemented are done with the …

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MP’s have issued a stern warning that the continued confusion in pension reforms could have a severe effect on both recruitment and retention of NHS healthcare workers.  It is feared that the new reforms recommended by the Hutton Review will undermine staff confidence as to the value of their pensions.
The Public Accounts Committee evaluated the 2007-2008 reforms to the public sector pensions and the impact these had on staff.  The committee have criticised The Treasury for not taking this into account and said that they would be wise not to …