[Image: Neil Hall/PA].

[Image: Neil Hall/PA].

I say Jeremy Hunt is talking rubbish, as usual.

Some of the safest hospitals in the world have a relatively low number of staff, do they? And what illnesses do they treat?

Reducing bureaucracy is important so nurses have more time with patients, is it? How many bureaucrats will lose their jobs, and how many nurses?

And if hospitals have employed too many temporary workers, why is this one axing more permanent jobs?

He’s still on his privatisation gimmick. Defund – watch it fall apart – wait for the complaints – hand it over to private owners who won’t care about the service as long as the money keeps rolling in.

Patients have nothing to fear after a West Midland hospital trust announced it was axing 450 jobs, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has insisted.

He was speaking to the Birmingham Mail after Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust, which runs City Hospital in Winson Green and Sandwell Hospital in West Bromwich, said it was making cuts to save money.

Mr Hunt said reducing bureaucracy so nurses spent time with patients was as important as staff numbers.

He said some of the safest hospitals in the world actually had a relatively low number of staff.

And he said some hospitals had gone overboard on increasing staff numbers – which meant they had to employ expensive temporary staff – so it was right for them to cut back.

The Trust announced last week that a staff consultation will start in July on plans to shed 250 full-time roles and another 200 temporary posts.

Source: Cutting 450 hospital jobs won’t hit patient safety, pledges Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt – Birmingham Mail


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