NHS Tayside : 105 Nursing Posts Cut so far this year.

6 October 2010


Marlyn Glen has been informed by NHS Tayside that over 105 whole time equivalent (WTE) nursing posts have been cut so far this year in the health board area.

Other posts that have been shed include :

Allied Health Professionals 6.7 WTE

Healthcare Scientists 7.9 WTE

A report indicated that NHS Tayside has reduced staffing by the equivalent of 164 WTE posts in the year to date so far.

The report indicated that the final reduction may be around 200 WTE posts, rather than the original 495 envisaged.

Ms. Glen asked the health board for details of the economies and efficiencies and their costs that have already been made, and would still have to be made to ensure that the number of WTE posts shed would be 200 and not 495 WTE posts by the end of the financial year.

She said,

"NHS Tayside have been forced into these severe and very difficult circumstances by the cuts demanded by the Scottish Government.

"Health boards across Scotland require to find ‘savings’ totalling at least £250 million this year plus an additional 2 per cent in so-called ‘efficiency savings’ in their budgets simply to break even.

"Health boards, unions and professional bodies are working co-operatively to look at whether and how the sharing of services can be achieved without damaging vital patient care.

" However, the increased pressure exerted on health board budgets by the Scottish Government will mean that posts will continue to be lost."

The board replied ,

"NHS Tayside, like all other responsible organisations has adopted an approach ensuring robust management systems are in place for careful local scrutiny and approval of any staff vacancies as they arise.

"This is appropriate for any body which utilises public funds.

"Where recruitment decisions are required, these are devolved to senior budget holders who, working closely with local clinical and management teams , remain best placed to form judgements as to the appropriateness of filling any vacancy consistent with our on-going programme of service redesign, and the more effective utilisation of existing staff through internal recruitment/redeployment.

"This helps ensure the continued development and progression of our existing workforce, matched both to current service need and to new roles emerging through service redesign.

"At all times all staffing decisions are taken against ensuring that our over-riding priorities of patient safety and quality of care are maintained.

"To best meet the needs of our current and future population demographics, NHS Tayside is delivering on a programme of modernisation.
"Modernisation requires us to examine the location and configuration of services on an ongoing basis to maximise the potential of the resources available to us.

"The National 6 Step Workforce Planning Model is fully utilised across NHS Tayside.

"This systematic approach to workforce planning ensures all influences and impacts of planning are accounted for, including education and training and recruitment and retention strategies."


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