Specialist nurse posts under threat

A third of specialist nurses say their organisation is operating a vacancy freeze, and one in four have faced the threat of redundancy in their current post, a survey shows.

The survey, by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN), found that of 330 specialist nurses that replied, around 5 per cent still face redundancy.

RCN chief executive and general secretary Dr Peter Carter said: ‘It beggars belief that despite the NHS being on track to register a £1.8 billion surplus, specialist nurses are continuing to be targeted in a bid to cut costs.

‘These are the very nurses who will be at the centre of the government's plans to deliver care closer to home.'

nick.bostock@haymarket.com

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