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NHS job cuts may come a year early

Tuesday November 23rd 2010

Trade union leaders have claimed that the loss of thousands of jobs as a result of the scrapping of primary care trusts (PCT) will happen a year quicker than previously announced.

Unison said the jobs will now be cut by next April instead of the two years announced under the Government's plans for healthcare reform.

Nearly 3,300 jobs are set to be axed in London alone, according to Unison.

Unions said that hundreds of PCT employees in parts of London including Haringey, Islington, Enfield and Barnet have been told they will be put on 90-day statutory consultation on redundancy.

Chis Remington, the public sector union's head of health for London, said: "The health White Paper paves the way for massive job losses as primary care trusts are abolished. In London alone 3,300 jobs are set to go and these losses are being changed from two years into one.

"This will cause widespread disturbance to health service provision in the capital as commissioning expertise will be lost and there is no system in place to replace it."

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) recently said that nearly 27,000 health jobs are under threat, describing the Government's promise to protect the NHS from cuts as an "urban myth."

It warned that waiting lists for operations will rise as job losses mount, adding that the public should be "really concerned" about the impact of the cuts.

Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the RCN, said job losses were occurring by "stealth", with trusts withholding evidence of redundancies and recruitment freezes.

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