Manchester University Hospital trust job cuts warning

Manchester hospitals could lose 23% of their workforce by 2016, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has said.

The RCN, which has examined NHS strategy and forward planning papers, said the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust plans to lose 1,916 staff in the period from 2011 to 2016.

A hospital spokesman said it "doesn't recognise the figures quoted about our organisation".

In 2010 the trust announced up to 1,400 jobs would be lost over four years.

The RCN said nationally over 56,000 NHS jobs have been lost or face being cut.

The figures include redundancies already announced or those that are planned, and jobs not filled when people leave or retire.

The RCN took its information from NHS trusts, including analysis of board meeting papers, annual and strategy documents.

The Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust includes the Manchester Royal Infirmary, the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Manchester Royal Eye Hospital, University Dental Hospital of Manchester and Saint Mary's Hospital.

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