Cuts Watch #146: NHS Jobs
The latest monthly NHS employment figures show that the number of staff fell by 0.3% between March and April. There were similar falls for the workforce measured in terms of numbers of roles and full time equivalents. Even more significant than the fall in itself is the likelihood that it marks the start of a new trend.
The data are from a new series that begins with figures for September. Until this month’s release, the figures showed that, despite the recession, employment in the NHS had been climbing steadily:
This month there were falls in the number of professionally qualified clinical staff (0.3 per cent) and particularly large falls in the number of managers (2.1 per cent) and senior managers (3.5 per cent).
Writing in the Financial Times, Nicholas Timmins called this “the first sign of the huge squeeze to come on NHS staffing.” The larger cuts in management staff “are the first step towards the 45 per cent reduction in management costs that Andrew Lansley has promised.”