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CSP pledges to support members as Rotherham trust unveils job cuts

20 December 2012 - 11:50am

The CSP will lobby hard to protect CSP members' jobs after Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust announced plans to make 300-500 redundancies.

The plans were published on 14 December under a three-month consultation at the trust. Documentation provided to CSP stewards indicates that one band 8a, two band 7s and three band 6 physiotherapy posts, whole time equivalent (WTE), would be lost, while there would be an increase in 2.6 WTE band 5s.

The physiotherapy workforce changes come on top of a separate proposal relating to physio/occupational therapy posts combined. The CSP understands this will see two band 8a and 11 band 7 posts cut, and six band 6s and four band 5s added.

As part of the ongoing budget cuts, the trust will launch another wave of redundancies in the next six to 12 months.

Glynn Burgess, steward at the Rotherham trust and regional steward for Yorkshire, said: ‘We are very concerned about these job cuts which will hit awaiting lists and a wide range of services, from acute to community, to intermediate care and cardiac rehab.

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'The CSP will be supporting members in putting forward detailed arguments about why we need to keep these senior physiotherapy posts in order to retain the skills required to deliver quality care for patients.

'We will be fully engaging in the consultation process to ensure the best possible outcome for our members and the essential service they deliver to the public.'

Mr Burgess, together with fellow CSP stewards and other local union reps, is meeting fortnightly with management and has held a number of meetings with members this week to discuss the proposals.

The trust will accommodate voluntary redundancies, but it is understood that the proposals will involve compulsory lay-offs.

For more information about job cuts in the NHS, see the CSP's guides to NHS changes at the link below.

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