Recent news proposed that the NHS has declared that in order to manage the savings across the capital trusts, it will be making changes in the nursing budgets.
The Trust officials have stated that they will be reducing the working hours of staff and simultaneously increasing the number of unpaid leaves. They are expecting that this will help save approximately £24m in a year.
However, these consequences are being faced after the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs hospitals in Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury, have been denied of funds by the Government and are forced to spend £30m on re-organization and damaging reforms, in order to become a foundation trust.
In order to meet the demands put forth, the trust has already appointed the new staff on the 36-hours contract instead of the 37-and-a-half hours a week. Moreover, no more agency staff will be allowed and even the locum doctors.
Moreover, this is one such measure put forward by the trust to be adapted in order to save money, there are many such measures that the trust is looking forward to, in order to save money for the coming future.
However, the Royal College of Nursing Officer, Peta Clark stated that the decision taken by the trust has instead become an issue of worry. He affirmed that need for savings is necessary but at the same time, it should not be made by making changes in the staff contracts. Nevertheless, it will affect even the patient care.
He asserted that the Royal College of Nursing will soon be holding a meeting with the trust to discuss on the matter and will even take into consideration the loss of services that will be encountered if such a decision is implemented.