'Preserve frontline jobs and services in downturn'

Frontline jobs and services must be preserved through the tough economic climate, according to the RCN.

Dr Peter Carter, RCN chief executive, called sustained investment in clinical services despite the economic downturn

Lessons from the past should be learned and investment levels in frontline services sustained, according to Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN.

He added: ‘The fear in the health service is that we will get a re-run of 2006 when the NHS faced severe deficits. On the back of this a brutal approach was taken with tens of thousands of posts cut, including a significant proportion of frontline clinical jobs. We are calling for sustained investment to keep frontline clinical services intact.'

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