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Three quarters of NHS trusts in deficit are cutting staff

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:256
  1. Adrian O'Dowd
  1. London

    Just over three quarters of the NHS trusts that have acute financial problems have reduced their staff to try to balance the books. This is one early finding, published last week, from a survey of trusts in deficit by the NHS Confederation, the representative body for NHS organisations. Doctors' representatives are worried that care of patients is suffering and good working relationships with managers could be damaged.

    The survey included responses from 35 chief executives out of the 63 trusts that are under government scrutiny because of their financial troubles. Of the respondents, 29 (82%) had imposed a vacancy freeze, 27 …

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