The Royal College of Nursing said that:
- The Southend University Foundation Trust has already closed one general medical ward and plans to close another later this year
- The University of Leicester NHS Trust has cut 325 jobs with a further 100 set for the chop
- The Accident and Emergency Department at Queen Mary’s Sidcup is to be closed from mid November
- Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Trust needs to save around £30 million this year
- Nottingham University Healthcare Trust needs to save £29 million in 2010 and £35 million in 2011
- Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust needs to save £37 million in 2010
The General Secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, Dr Peter Carter, said that \”We believe that the Government genuinely wants to protect frontline services, but what we are seeing on the ground are thousands of jobs cut, vacancies frozen, staff down-banded and services closed. We have got a mini baby boom going on at the same time as the population overall is ageing. Many of these elderly people have chronic conditions. The NHS drugs bill is rising by around 10 per cent a year but the settlement we are expecting to get from the Treasury is around 1.5 per cent a year.\”
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