Today (1st March 2013) The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) has shared a Collective Consultation Update with its staff and unions. This update most notably shows a significant reduction from the 500 posts initially alluded to in the consultation of December 2012, particularly in the number of clinical and front line posts which are now impacted by the proposal.
This update is largely the result of listening to the feedback received from members of staff, from participating in detailed discussions and challenge sessions with Staff Side representatives and also the result of a review of the proposal by the Trust Board.
The NHS along with all Public Sector organisations continues to face a challenging financial future as a result of the global economic downturn and its impact on the affordability of public services and we will be forced to operate with significantly less income by 2015 than we do today.
All NHS organisations therefore are radically reviewing their operating practices in order to reduce costs, whilst at the same time maintaining quality of service in the face of rising demand, continued scrutiny and higher expectations. Clearly, this remains an anxious time for staff and a testing time for all of us at the Trust and for those people who depend on our services. We have a responsibility to prepare ourselves for the continuing challenging times ahead and our priority has to be to ensure we continue to provide quality healthcare to our patients.
Peter Lee, Chairman at the Trust: “The Trust remains committed to safeguarding front line services, providing the patient care, safety and experience that the people of Rotherham need and deserve. We have been exploring how to best manage our costs to minimise the impact of required efficiency savings on our patients. After working closely with unions, staff representatives and our staff we have today provided an updated Collective Consultation which highlights significant changes to the number of staff placed at risk of redundancy. Clearly this is an anxious time for the staff and our priority continues to be to fulfil our commitment to the people of Rotherham to provide the high quality services they deserve during this challenging financial climate.”