35 Hawke's Bay health jobs to go

Last updated 14:03 19/02/2012

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Proposed job cuts at Hawkes Bay District Health Board will impact on patient and staff safety, the New Zealand Nurses Association say.

In a memo to leaders in the DHB's older persons, mental health and allied health services, service manager Allison Stevenson announced cuts of 35 staff across all disciplines, a ''sinking lid'' on all recruitment and no new positions could be created, unless the position comes with new funding, NZNO organiser for the DHB Stephanie Thomas said.

Staff were ''angry and stressed'' at the proposed cuts, and international evidence showed that fewer nurses on wards meant an increase in patient morbidity and mortality, she said.

NZNO chief executive Geoff Annals said the job cuts made a mockery of the Health Minister Tony Ryall's mantra that no frontline jobs would go. 

''We are hearing of nursing job cuts around the country, in both hospitals and the community. Frontline nursing jobs are going, as the government puts the pressure on DHBs to meet budget targets. What this will mean is greater health costs down the track, as people did not get the care they needed, when they needed it.''

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