Nursing union fears cuts of staff

BBC, April 3, 2010 Concern has been raised about a drop in key NHS staff in Welsh hospitals after efficiency targets came into force. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) says Welsh Assembly Government targets will see a reduction in staff of 3% every year for the next three years. It claims it could equate to a cut of around 739 nurses every year. But the assembly government says the cuts will not focus on one group of workers and will apply to staff who are in band five and above. The Annual Operating Framework (AOF) sets out the expectations of the NHS in Wales within any one financial year. It includes national targets, efficiency and productivity measures ... Nursing