False Economy has today revealed that the NHS is set to lose 50,000 jobs. In Birmingham, Heart of England Trust will lost 1,600 posts – this represents 20% of their staff. False Economy – a website setup by trade unions – used freedom of information requests to compile a survey of job losses in the NHS.
The Guardian report says this:
The survey, by the union-funded website False Economy, represents the most up-to-date picture of the effects of efficiency savings in the NHS and reveals that in England alone, 24,000 posts will be lost in hospitals, another 10,000 will go in primary care trusts and 6,000 will disappear from mental health trusts.
They include doctors, nurses and dentists as well as administrative positions, undermining government pledges to protect frontline services.
You can look at the full data set from The Guardian here
The NHS is supposed to be ringfenced, and area where cuts will not affect services, but the loss of so many staff, especially clinical staff, is bound to have an effect. Combined with the undermining actions of the NHS “reforms” (I don’t like the word refor that the ConDem coalition is seeking to bring in, which will scrap Primary Care Trusts and remove the idea of collective purchasing from the NHS, turns doctors into accountants and administrators, further marketise the NHS and allow private companies to compete with NHS to provide services.
Health Emergency are a good organisation to go to to find out more about the NHS reforms
There is a Birmingham group campaigning to protect the NHS, they will be meeting on Monday 28th Feb, at the Lamp Tavern, 257 Barford Street, Digbeth B5 6AH at 19:30 to discuss their plans. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you would like to be put in contact with the group, please email email@example.com and we will forward your email.