Plans to cut community nursing condemned

Nurse leaders have condemned a PCT that hired private sector consultants to devise plans to save £2 million by cutting community nursing services.

Lynn Young

PCTs are carrying out similar ‘crude and ruthless’ reviews across the country, nurses warned. RCN primary care adviser Lynn Young said the cuts were ‘quite hideous’ when the NHS had forecast a £1.8 billion surplus for 2007/8 and amid plans to transfer services into the community.

North Yorkshire and York PCT commissioned Ernst and Young to identify ‘new ways to deliver the same levels of care as cost effectively as possible’.

Under plans set out by the firm, the ratio of registered nurses to unregistered support staff in community nursing teams in the area is to be cut from 90:10 to 60:40.

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