RCGP cuts 3% of staff to reduce costs

Eight members of staff at the RCGP will be made redundant under cost-cutting plans set out today by the college.

RCGP headquarters: redundancies confirmed (photo: Wilde Fry)
RCGP headquarters: redundancies confirmed (photo: Wilde Fry)

The redundancies were announced after a consultation on organisational changes to the RCGP set out in April. Ten posts have been lost in total, two of which were vacant already.

The eight staff made redundant represent 3% of the RCGP's total staff of 271. A number of further posts could yet be at risk.

An RCGP statement said: 'While the changes to the college’s structure have been triggered by the need to control costs, the organisation is also looking to use this moment as an opportunity to prepare for the new era – with GPs under growing pressure, resources being reduced and the RCGP needing to strive harder than ever to represent the needs of patients and clinicians.'

The college confirmed a series of changes to directorates:

  • The Education, Quality and Research (EQR) directorate will cease to exist in its current form.
  • Going forward, a new Directorate of Postgraduate Training and Standards will be created.
  • All Continuous Professional Development (CPD) activities will be moved into the Development and Enterprises directorate.
  • A review of the College’s ICT and digital delivery will be commenced.
  • The cross-corporate recruitment freeze will continue until early July, but will be kept under constant review.

RCGP chief executive Neil Hunt said: 'The decisions confirmed today will ensure that we significantly reduce our costs, and also help us ensure that the college is prepared for the new era that we and our members face.

'I regret the fact that we are making the posts of a number of our valued colleagues redundant and I wish to thank them for all their excellent work.

'I also regret the fact that a further eight posts, seven of which are currently filled, are being placed at risk of redundancy. However, the consultation period highlighted a number of further ways in which we can reduce costs in some cases, and promote more effective working in others.

'I would hope that we are not put in a situation where we have to make redundancies of this scale due to unexpected pressures on our budget again. However, we will have to keep the situation under review as going forward we will need to continue to make our mortgage repayments on 30 Euston Square, income projections will inevitably fluctuate and the economy may continue to be troubled.

'We also have a duty to our members, who pay us to be effective in representing general practice and excellent patient care, to continue to review our structures and ways of working to ensure that we are delivering the best value for money possible. This is something that all organisations do in the modern era.'

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