Commenting on the news that 1600 – 20% of staff – at Heart of England NHS Trusts are set to lose their jobs, Karen Jennings, UNISON Head of Health, said:
“It’s a disgrace that 1600 NHS staff at Heart of England NHS Trust face losing their jobs. This amounts to cutting 20% of staff over the next four years. This is widely regarded as a well-run trust, there’s no slack to trim off, these cuts will strip the service down to its bare bones. It adds up to mean one thing for patients – a collapse in the quality of care.
“It’s only a matter of time before long waiting lists return, and nurses, healthcare assistants and other vital support workers start to disappear from the wards. The trust has said it will protect midwives, neonatal nurses, diagnostic radiographers and language therapists, but what about all the other essential staff who are part of the team and are now facing the axe?
“The Tory’s promises on health are not worth the paper they are written on. The NHS is not protected – it’s certainly not safe in their hands. We know that trusts all over the country are cutting jobs, closing wards and cancelling so-called routine operations. Health workers, doctors, patients and communities are telling the government that they do not want their NHS to be cut or changed – its about time the Tories started to listen.”