Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge is very likely to cut 500 jobs – including 170 nurses – over the next financial year and a further 200 over the following two years. The hospital has been told to make ‘efficiency savings’ of £35 – £40 million over three years. There is a recruitment freeze, but compulsory job losses seem likely as an appeal in April only produced 51 volunteers for redundancy.
Geoff Heathcock, the (Liberal Democrat) chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council’s health and care scrutiny committee said, “”It is appalling that within weeks of a new government promising to protect frontline posts in the NHS this is announced. It doesn’t get more frontline than nurses.
Ironically, Addenbrooke’s MP is Secretary of State for Health Andrew Lansley.
From the TUC Cuts Watch