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Axe falls on NHS in Glasgow

Issue No. 2202

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde managers have announced plans to slash 1,252 jobs by 2011 including 670 nurses and midwives.

So much for promises that frontline staff would be protected from cuts.

The cuts represent 3 percent of the workforce – if the cuts were copied across Scotland this would mean 5,000 health workers face the sack.

The cuts include: reducing the number of hospitals providing mental health care from three to two, a reduction in maternity services and cutting 21 trainee doctors.

There are also plans to replace 386 nurses with nursing assistants and cut 500 cleaning hours at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

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Tue 18 May 2010, 17:44 BST
Issue No. 2202
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