Don Foster MP*


The number of hospital job cuts in the NHS could reach 24,000 according to new analysis by Bath’s MP, Don Foster.

Following last week’s news of the Royal United Hospital’s potential loss of 300 posts, the total number of job losses across the country over the last month has now exceeded 6000. But the hospitals that have announced job losses so far only account for a quarter of the total NHS deficit for hospitals, with many more debt-ridden trusts still expected to shed jobs. On current trends, the eventual total number of job losses could be as high as 24,000.

Main ImageCommenting, Don said:

“These figures prove that it isn’t just Bath that has suffered these cuts, but the Government is refusing to come clean about the crisis that is afflicting the NHS.

“Every day brings further news of more job cuts which will undoubtedly affect frontline patient care.

“Staff morale and public confidence in the NHS will continue to crumble until Ministers take action to reverse this trend.

“Money is being wasted on a costly and damaging permanent revolution in the health service. Taxpayers' money is also being spent paying the private sector over-the-odds for treatments in order to hit waiting list targets. Meanwhile, trusts are being forced to make short-term cuts to tackle problems that have built up over decades.

“What is needed is long-term planning in the NHS, not a series of short-term initiatives and sudden policy shifts which make sensible planning impossible.”

This article published: 10/04/2023

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