Cuts could cost 500 nurses jobs

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BUDGET cuts of £50million being proposed by Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust could see up to 500 jobs go say Royal College of Nursing officials.

The trust needs to make significant cost savings and has launched a 90-day consultation with its staff over a series of far-reaching spending cuts.

Glenn Turp, RCN regional director, said: “The trusts’ proposals for nursing appear to go much further than originally feared.

“Cutting staff numbers in hospital environments can only increase pressure on those who remain and now we can see the true extent of the plans for Rotherham we have genuine fears for patient safety and quality of care.

“Not only is the trust proposing to cut hundreds of frontline posts, there are also plans to cut health visiting.”