250 jobs on line as trust looks to save £30m

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A former senior nurse at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary has slammed the district health trust’s proposals to cut staff at its hospitals.

The trust said that 170 posts were at risk as part of its Length of Stay and Nursing establishment schemes and this covered nurses, midwives, additional clinical services and admin and clerical.

In total, around 250 front line jobs, or five per cent of the trust’s workforce, are at risk.

This week, UHMBT started a formal consultation into staff roles as it looks to make £30m in savings to balance its books.

Former senior staff nurse Russell Dunkeld, from Morecambe, left the trust in 2009 due to a catalogue of issues, some of which focused on staff malpractice and the failure of management to deal with certain situations at the hospital.

He was made to sign a gagging order, but the government has now said former staff should have the right to express their views in the public interest.

He said: “When I was working there, the situation was totally unsatisfactory. Staff could barely cope with the workload as it was.”

In a letter to staff, trust chair John Cowdall and chief executive Jackie Daniel said the “improving efficiency of service to patients” drive will enable full and effective consultation with staff during this period.