Government's disastrous management of the health service has been revealed by the leakage of a document, which predicts a crippling shortage of nurses, measly pay rises// and strikes.
A copy of a secret Government memo on pay and workforce strategy reveals that 37000 posts are in danger as the Government desperately seeks to lower the NHS wages bill with a 2.7 per cent cut in the workforce.
NHS reveals that by 2011 there will be 3,200 more consultants than there are jobs. As a result of lack of jobs they will have to be employed in junior roles at lower salaries.
This move is bitterly opposed by the British Medical Association.
The document which leaked to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), suggests that by 2011 there will be a shortage of 14,000 nurses and 1,200 GPs, while there will be a surplus of 16,200 physiotherapists, healthcare scientists and technicians.
Clinical excellence awards given to the best consultants will also be cut, which again was suggested as a way of saving money.
The BMA has reacted with anger to these proposals. Jonathan Fielden, the chairman of the BMA consultants’ committee, said: “It is absurd to suggest that the NHS in England needs fewer hospital consultants. NHS consultants have driven the massive cuts in waiting times and continue to deliver real improvements in patient care. To suggest that there should be fewer consultants, and of a lower grade, will destroy the gold standard of specialist care that patients rightly deserve.”
Health secretary Patricia Hewitt had recently announced there were too many nurses in the NHS, which led to mass job cuts. Now officials predict a mass shortage of nurses by 2010.
The cash crisis also means refusal of proper pay rises for staff which could prompt a strike.
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