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20th October 2005

 

 

HOSPITAL SERVICES AND JOBS UNDER THREAT IN COVENTRY AND WARWICKSHIRE

 

Hundreds of health service jobs in Warwickshire and Coventry are under threat as Health Care Trusts merge to try and make good millions of pounds of debt warns Amicus.

The public sector union say that at least 100 jobs are going to be cut and fear a further 200 jobs are likely to result from the mergers of Primary Care and Community Trusts. The union have warned the mergers and job cuts will have an impact on patient services.

Amicus say that four trusts, North Warwickshire, South Warwickshire and Coventry and Coventry and South Warwickshire’s Mental Health Trusts are under pressure to merge to make savings because of serious budget deficits.

Warwick hospital has a debt in excess of £14m, the George Elliott hospital in Nuneaton is £5m in debt and the Walsgrave Hospital is almost £10m in debt, largely as the result of overspend of the new Walsgrave PFI hospital.

Gail Cartmail, Amicus’ National Secretary for the Health Sector, said:

“Apart from the terrible waste involved in dismissing experienced and qualified NHS staff, services will suffer. We seriously question the most senior manager's competence - record investment in the NHS results in hundreds of jobs being cut. It doesn't add up."

Amicus’ Regional Officer, Bob Storry, said:

“We know of at least 100 posts that are going to be cut from Walsgrave hospital and we fear hundreds more are at risk from Walsgrave and other hospitals in Coventry and Warwickshire as a result of the mergers.

“These will have serious repercussions for the provision of acute services further exacerbated by reduction in staffing of frontline medical staff which are obviously things we will fight.”

Amicus is meeting with Walsgrave Hospital tomorrow (Friday 21st October) to discuss the job cuts after the hospital notified the company of a provisional 99 job losses to be made.

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For further information please contact Catherine Bithell in the Amicus press office on 020 7 420 8909 or 07958 473 224

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