Cutting staff is a false economy and won’t help the NHS meet its targets

Services and waiting times won’t improve if staff numbers fall

Commenting on a survey by NHS Confederation published today (Friday) suggesting many health leaders are considering staff cuts to balance their books, UNISON head of health Helga Pile said:

“Tackling the mounting pressures on the NHS will be a major priority for whoever forms the next government.

“No part of the NHS should be cutting staff when what’s really needed is for many thousands of vacancies to be filled. False economies like these are foolhardy in the extreme.

“There’s little chance of reducing waiting lists and providing better patient care if staff numbers shrink any further.

“Securing a decent pay deal after the election and stabilising the workforce are key to the future of the NHS.”

Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union with more than 1.3 million members providing public services in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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