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Hospital Staff To Be Reduced

Thursday June 13 2013

Barnsley Hospital Barnsley Hospital

STAFF numbers will have to be reduced at Barnsley Hospital in a bid to make savings of about £6million.

At a meeting of top hospital chiefs it was revealed that £6.2million must be saved in the 2013/14 financial year.

Janet Ashby, director of finance and information, said meeting the goal was 'a significant challenge' but it was on a similar scale to savings made in previous years.

However, the tightening of the hospital's purse strings would not impact on patient services, she said.

"Our largest single cost is our workforce, making up around 70 per cent of our expenditure. We will have to reduce staff numbers over the course of our savings programme," Janet said.

The hospital plans to achieve this through other means rather by compulsory redundancies.

"Any reductions in staffing levels will be achieved by changing the way we work, not by simply reducing our levels of resource to do the same things we have done before," she added.

"This will only be done after full consultation with our staff. We will only be making changes if we are completely satisfied that there will be no adverse impact on patient care."

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Reply Posted by AHR on Thursday June 13 2013 at 12:59
They've been getting rid of staff at BDGH for a couple of years now, through bullying and intimidation. Unions absolutely bloody useless. No wonder so many staff are on sick leave !

Reply Posted by Paul c on Thursday June 13 2013 at 13:41
How can any cuts not impact on patient services?

Reply Posted by Hazzard on Thursday June 13 2013 at 14:56
It's the systematic butchering of the nhs,wont be any free at source services for much longer

Reply Posted by Ruby G on Thursday June 13 2013 at 16:08
BDGH has been running with shoestring clinical staffing levels for years compared to other hospitals, this is bad news and will effect front line services even though they will call it "working smarter" . Conditions and pressures are intolerable for nurses and HCPs on the wards and this will only effect patient care.

Reply Posted by Betty1970 on Thursday June 13 2013 at 16:29
Its probably to pay for the blunder they made with the birth of the girl who has just won in court with a payout of 8Million, And that was because they were understaffed

Reply Posted by Dis on Friday June 14 2013 at 09:48
They need to get rid of the top heavy management but I bet they wont. It will be frontline staff as per usual. And patient care WILL be impacted. It's not just happening at BDGH, it's everywhere. Appalling. Appalling. Appalling.

Reply Posted by Nicola on Friday June 14 2013 at 12:12
Stevo will help them get a job it's easy

Reply Posted by stevo on Friday June 14 2013 at 18:13
Nice one!

I really appreciate that you take an interest in my posts, perhaps you should have taken more interest in your husbands job search whilst he was unemployed.
Two years to find a job?
What a load of complete and utter garbage!

Reply Posted by Liam on Friday June 14 2013 at 23:14
God help us. It's already chaos at that hospital. A&E and admissions unit are terrible as there just aren't enough staff. Scary thought to think there will be more cuts.

Reply Posted by stevo on Saturday June 15 2013 at 04:11
Yet another classic example of too many chiefs and not enough Indians.

Don't you find it strange how they never remove one of the middle tiers of management?

Reply Posted by Observer on Monday June 17 2013 at 16:31
I have always been treat fantastically at bdgh. But mere mortals like patients we don't see back ground issues. I do think that the NHL is now a tug of war for political gains. As we're the railways. And buses. I don't think it's good to have private medical care, which the doctors can use to do the private work using NHs equipment. Or fair.i know this wont go down well with most of you but...I think the time ismrightmto completely privatise the NHs .governments are always fighting over it and using it as an excuse. We pay national insurance every week from our wages and get very little back from it. That would probably cover as private too. And be paid to a fund in case of need. And when it is privatised, perhaps some government will tell us. We now have money n the bank. And the country is prospering. ?? They make cuts. Takemmoney from the working man every day etc. and still tell us it's not enough. When will it stop.

Reply Posted by stevo on Sunday June 23 2013 at 22:28
Totally disagree with you on this one kev, you only have to look at all the other industries that have been privatised, all they are interested in is returns for the shareholders and the people that work for the newly privatised companies are subject to wage "suppression".
The NHS should remain public for the british people, anyone that comes into our country and uses the NHS should be charged accordingly.

Reply Posted by Tracey on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 19:39
nurses and hca's already understaffed, too many shifts without time for a drink or loo break.. Staff pulling double shifts to cover for short staffing. How can more cuts be made without affecting patient care. Dissillusioned and dissapointed staff. Somethings gotta give.

Reply Posted by C on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 20:02
As a nurse myself at bdgh it makes me so angry reading comments like on the other page saying the place needs shutting down, it's rubbish etc etc! I dare them to work a day in my shoes the pressures we face as the ones at the bottom of the pile, it's us who work up to 14 shifts in a row, go without breaks and extra hours on demand not for our own gain but because we don't want to let or colleagues and patients down! The nhs isn't broken yet but it's being ruined by 'managers' who haven't got a clue what's its like on the shop floor anymore, where staffing levels are unsafe, and the managers know but dont care! Taking away more staff will seriously compromise patient care and it makes me so mad!

Reply Posted by stevo on Thursday June 20 2013 at 07:11
Dear C (ANGEL) , you and your angelic colleagues are worth every penny of my tax, I would GLADLY pay extra tax if I knew that our doctors and nurses would receive my extra money.
I have been to BDGH on many occasions and have always received excellent, professional and compassionate care whenever I have been there.

You are doing a fantastic job ,please don't listen to some of the idiots that post on here.

Reply Posted by Tosh on Wednesday June 19 2013 at 20:51
There's a lot of comments about the public sector from people who haven't a clue just how bad things are within these organisations. Most managers are kidding themselves that all we have to do is work smarter after chopping jobs. The truth is you have to stop doing things and reduce the quality of the service. Morale falls down, staff leave if they can and you end up with skills shortages and it's a massive problem to replace them. They aren't businesses but they get Toyota's lean management ethos thrown at them. Most public sector managrs have little or no ecperience of cuts to staff to this extent.