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” Heart of the NHS” Wilting Under the Strain of Cuts

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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 a bid to meet the government’s saving target of £20bn.

Plymouth NHS Trust intends to cut 145 of it’s nursing roles, saving a total of £31m over the next 12 months. Furthermore, London, Camden and Islington NHS foundation Trust will get rid of 69 jobs affecting social workers, psychologists and nurses.

The RCN worries that a shortage of staff could begin to affect services and put patients at risk. And actions such as these have prompted fresh claims that the government is not sticking to it’s election promises to keep front line staff safe from cuts.

Chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, Dr Peter Carter, explains that, “Nurses are at the heart of all that is good about the NHS…nurses are wilting under the strain of longer working hours , taking on the burden of unfilled vacancies and reduced staffing levels.”

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