Jobs axe hangs over Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro

Hundreds of highly paid jobs could be lost at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) as it sets out a plan for the future.

More than 770 jobs could be cut over the next five years as part of an efficiency drive, as highlighted in a report to the trust’s board, due to be discussed this week.

The report suggests a number of cost-saving measures, including cutting as many as 772 jobs and giving non-medical staff training to carry out tasks previously done by medical staff.

It says that the trust will need to do things differently and “radically change” the way services are delivered.

The cost of pay at the trust is, on average, 65 per cent of income, and the trust will need to deliver substantial efficiency savings over the next five years, estimated in the report to be in the region of £50 million.

Jo Gibbs, RCHT lead for human resources said: "In the next five to ten years, the NHS will change significantly. RCHT must adapt and be flexible to meet the expectations of GP Commissioners and those patients using acute, community and specialist care services.

"'Our People Strategy' sets out how we aim to develop and shape our workforce using their talents and skills to be responsive to the health needs of people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

"We need to plan for new treatments, new technology and care delivered in different settings - with a greater emphasis on integration and partnership with other organisations.

"The exact size and shape of the workforce is not yet clear and there will be a wide range of considerations and opportunities in the years ahead. RCHT will work in partnership with its staff and trade unions to achieve this clarity and to jointly plan.

"Currently our priority is to invest in additional midwives to match the increasing birth rate and increase the number of registered nurses on our wards to ensure our patients receive consistent, high quality care."

The report says: “It is likely that the number of people employed will reduce, reflecting the strategy to deliver care closer to home and the long term financial plan for the trust. The extent of this reduction will depend on the unit cost of employment and the extent to which services move from an acute setting delivered by RCHT or other qualified providers of healthcare.

It adds: “For the foreseeable future the increasing demands on the NHS must be met from current funding whilst at the same time quality, outcomes and patient experience are improved. This means that simply doing more of what we have always done is no longer an option. We will need to do things differently and radically change the way our services are delivered.

The report suggests that administration posts could be the focus for job losses, with non-medical staffing “projected to change significantly with reductions in administrative staff as systems and efficiencies become leaner and more streamlined”

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2:56pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Toffer99 says...

Do you remember that time just before the election when Cameron and Clegg both said, "Vote for us and we'll slash the NHS to ribbons."
Me neither.
Do you remember that time just before the election when Cameron and Clegg both said, "Vote for us and we'll slash the NHS to ribbons." Me neither. Toffer99

4:14pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

I have just recently voted for their board of governors election, I voted for Daniel Williams. Be interested to see the results.

Will the proposed cut backs mean waiting for two days in X-ray instead of 4 hours and two days in the fracture clinic instead of half a day. Will it also mean that instead of losing some paperwork for a couple of hours they will then lose it for a couple of weeks.
With more people coming to reside in Cornwall with all the house building going on, there should not be any cut backs within the health service.
I have just recently voted for their board of governors election, I voted for Daniel Williams. Be interested to see the results. Will the proposed cut backs mean waiting for two days in X-ray instead of 4 hours and two days in the fracture clinic instead of half a day. Will it also mean that instead of losing some paperwork for a couple of hours they will then lose it for a couple of weeks. With more people coming to reside in Cornwall with all the house building going on, there should not be any cut backs within the health service. Gill Zella Martin 09

4:22pm Mon 28 Jan 13

meerkats says...

Treliske struggles as it is already ,without having cutbacks . Thiis is completely the wrong way to go.
Treliske struggles as it is already ,without having cutbacks . Thiis is completely the wrong way to go. meerkats

5:00pm Mon 28 Jan 13

Gill Zella Martin 09 says...

All the staff at Treliske work really hard, and to put more strain on some by giving extra training to non-medical staff so that they can take on work currently undertaken by medical staff is the wrong move.
All the staff at Treliske work really hard, and to put more strain on some by giving extra training to non-medical staff so that they can take on work currently undertaken by medical staff is the wrong move. Gill Zella Martin 09

6:30pm Mon 28 Jan 13

jane-w says...

The staff are under enough pressure already without this. How can they be expected to work efficiently with this? Also on news they were on about cutting cleanng/portering staff its ridiculous especially when we are hearing about norovirus. Lets not forget in Cornwall we have an aging population with amount of people retiring here and unlike other places we also have the influx of visitors/tourists. We need more proper staff and less chieftains.
The staff are under enough pressure already without this. How can they be expected to work efficiently with this? Also on news they were on about cutting cleanng/portering staff its ridiculous especially when we are hearing about norovirus. Lets not forget in Cornwall we have an aging population with amount of people retiring here and unlike other places we also have the influx of visitors/tourists. We need more proper staff and less chieftains. jane-w

6:37pm Mon 28 Jan 13

meerkats says...

Get rid of the big-wigs and let the staff get on with their jobs.
Get rid of the big-wigs and let the staff get on with their jobs. meerkats

8:58am Tue 29 Jan 13

jane-w says...

So true meerkats. Of course money could be saved on sending patients to the Duchy Hospital for ops on the NHS!! Some surgeons must be doing very well where they work for both the NHS and private sector and they get their NHS patients into the Duchy!! Of course if the money from car parking went to the hospital and not a private company it would help.
So true meerkats. Of course money could be saved on sending patients to the Duchy Hospital for ops on the NHS!! Some surgeons must be doing very well where they work for both the NHS and private sector and they get their NHS patients into the Duchy!! Of course if the money from car parking went to the hospital and not a private company it would help. jane-w

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