Unison: Tory NHS cuts putting lives at risk

Danny Buckland, Daily Mirror, May 12, 2011 Some 64% of NHS health workers say the Government’s cuts are putting patients’ lives at risk. The reforms have hit staff morale so hard that 65% have considered quitting, a Unison study found yesterday. Cuts of around £20billion over the next three years will see 40,000 NHS jobs lost, and 60% of health workers have already seen people sacked. A Unison spokesman said yesterday: “The Health and Social Care Bill is a dangerous experiment, at the wrong time, and must be dropped.” The Royal College of Nursing added: “Nurses are holding the NHS together, but patients will suffer if the pressure mounts further.”