DoH urged to encourage older community nurses to retire

The DoH should encourage older community nurses to retire to help the NHS save £20bn by 2014, a leaked report suggests.

The document, by consultancy firm McKinsey, says 137,000 jobs must be cut - a tenth of the NHS workforce - to achieve the savings.

Health minister Mike O'Brien said the DoH had already rejected the proposals. ‘In core frontline services like maternity, nursing and primary care we need more staff rather than fewer,' he said.

RCN chief executive Dr Peter Carter said recommending more community nurses retire ‘demonstrates a very poor understanding of what is happening in the health service.'

‘A serious shortfall' in nurses was expected over the next decade already, said Dr Carter.

  • Read the full version of this story in this week's Independent Nurse dated 7 September.



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