Economies in NHS are being made on “arbitrary basis,” BMA survey finds

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 28 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3473
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1Brighton

    Despite reassurances from the government, the economic crisis is beginning to have an effect on the NHS, a survey by the British Medical Association indicates.

    Local negotiating committees were asked whether they were aware of redundancies, unfilled posts, recruitment freezes, and changes to services or capital plans and how much, if anything, the local trust board was seeking to save.

    Around a third of the negotiating committee chairs responded, of whom one in four said that redundancies were planned, for the most part of non-medical staff. Almost two thirds of respondents (62%) said that recruitment had been frozen, mostly of nurses’ posts.

    More than half (55%) of those who said there was no explicit freeze said that nevertheless vacancies were unfilled; 72% said that clinical services …

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