Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Health trust: 2,000 jobs are not facing the axe

Belfast Health Trust has denied nearly 2,000 jobs are to be lost by the end of the financial year.

Figures released yesterday suggested Belfast was one of a number of health trusts across the UK set to axe frontline jobs.

A study by False Economy, an anti-cuts campaign group, claimed more than 53,000 NHS staff — including doctors, dentists and nurses — faced losing their jobs.

The report said Belfast Health and Social Care Trust was to cut 1,755 full-time posts in 2010-11 — a near 9% reduction in one year.

The Belfast Trust said such claims were misleading. A spokesman said: “We are not talking about directly employed members of staff losing their jobs.

“The figures indicate what the different savings plans required of us over several years have meant in terms of reduced resources.

“In the main this means we have reduced agency staff, reduced overtime and reduced temporary staff.

“But during 2010/11 we have received investment for the equivalent of around 100 whole time equivalent members of staff.”

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