Recently NHS has been sacking their employees to tackle the hospital debts. Health secretary Patricia Hewitt has met workers and trade unions during a visit to a hospital that is facing 1,000 job losses. She was primarily at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust where the job cuts have been announced. She spoke about ways to tackle the issue, future of the hospital and later went on a tour of the hospital site in Hartshill. The trust has launched a 90-day consultation process, to address debts of more than Ģ15m. Now the hospital is expected to include 15 consultants, 370 nurses and 200 nursing assistants.
But on the other hand job losses are set to be fought strongly by the trade unions. The present scenario is such that one-in-seven have to quit with three-quarters of them likely to be compulsory. Jim Cessford, spokesman for the NHS Save Our Staff Campaign raised the question about why staff had to pay for management problems and government targets.
He said that the meeting with Ms. Hewitt went on in a civilized manner as she came with a set agenda in her mind. They have also made it clear that they will build up a massive campaign in case the situation is not set right. From the staff's point of view they said that this job loss is pushing them to the edge and then in the end would put lives at risk. Ms Hewitt said that she did not blame anyone for the debt crisis at the trust and urged hospital managers to use the situation as an opportunity to improve patient services for the future.