Staff in Hospitals all over England are still facing mental turmoil due to downgrading staff and possible redundancies.
‘not convinced proposals were in the best interests of the residents’
Four London A&E departments are changing where patients are treated due to staff shortages and downgrades, according to BBC News.
A legal challenge to the decision to downgrade four West London A&E departments has been rejected.
Under the ‘Shaping a Healthier Future Programme’ A&E units are under threat in Charing cross, Central Middlesex, Hammersmith and Ealing hospitals. The Ealing council leader announced “The NHS want to treat people like guinea pigs in the largest experiment in it’s history and we believe it is only right that our very serious concerns get proper consideration”.
Other areas of the country out facing the same sorts of problems.
‘Rock bottom morale’ and ‘panic’
A document was accidentally made viewable to staff At Liverpool’s Alder Hey hospital, according to BBC News Liverpool.
A message saved to a public computer folder is believed to have proposed 20 possible redundancies among nursing and administration staff at Alder Hey in West Derby. Staff say it has caused “rock bottom morale” and “panic”.
Dewsbury and Pontefract hospitals downgrade plan agreed, according to BBC News; Leeds & West Yorkshire
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust want to cut services in Dewsbury and Pontefract and treat seriously ill patients in Wakefield.
Wakefield and Kirklees health scrutiny joint committee said it was not convinced the proposals were in the “best interests” of residents.
The trust said it was “disappointed” by the committee’s decision.
This scenario has continued to be a recurring subject amongst NHS hospitals leaving staff at risk. These downgrades are leaving NHS workers with the threat of loosing up to £14,000 a year with only 3 years protected pay. Official government Human Resources Policy No. HR11 states; “under this arrangement staff who are downgraded continue to receive their basic pay for a period of three years” of section 6.2.1.
Can staff and patients continue to be safe and properly treated with these continuing changes?