20 doctors among hospital staff to face redundancy
8:31am Tuesday 27th November 2012 in News
A BREAKDOWN of jobs threatened by cuts at the Royal Bolton Hospital has revealed that 20 doctors positions, 50 midwives and 93 nurses face redundancy.
Bolton NHS Foundation Trust announced 500 jobs could be lost as it tries to save money.
It is more than £8 million in the red and must make £38 million savings in the next two years.
The Trust has not ruled out compulsory redundancies and said although the cuts included frontline staff, the quality of care for patients would not be affected.
Of the 500 redundancies, 149 are nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants.
Now, a breakdown by Staff Side, which represents employees at the Trust has revealed a further breakdown.
The Trust had previously said 20 medical and dental staff would be affected — the breakdown has revealed this will be 20 doctors. Other jobs at risk include 93 technical posts and therapists, 193 ward clerks and medical secretaries and 45 estates and facilities staff.
A further 1,685 employees’ positions could also be under threat. They include 1,450 nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants, who could lose their jobs and be forced to reapply for their positions on “revised terms and conditions”.
The Trust said there had been no further breakdowns and did not recognise the figures of 50 midwives and 93 nurses.
Staff Side has said the cuts will “devastate the care they provide”.
A rally, organised by unions and the Save Bolton A&E group, will take place on Saturday, December 1, between 12.30pm and 1.30pm, in Cheadle Square, Bolton.
The rally and petition are in response to the cuts at the hospital and also a Greater Manchester wide healthcare review called Healthier Together, which the unions believe could threaten Bolton’s A&E department.
The review will go to public consultation in spring 2013 but more than 14,000 people have signed a petition calling for the plans to be thrown out.
Healthier Together, Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group and Bolton NHS Foundation Trust have insisted that there are no plans to close Bolton’s A&E.
Karen Reissmann, a Unison representative said: “The cuts will have implications on care, they will make the hospital care bad and will give them the excuse to close the hospital.
For more information email campaignsecretary@savebolton accidentandemergency.org.uk or visit the website savebolton accidentandemergecy.org.uk
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