A brand new web-site funded by the TUC, Unison, PCS, Captain Ska, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Fire Brigades Union has revealed that 53,150 NHS jobs will go under the coalition's austerity drive.
As the site points out, this figure is double the estimate of 27,000 that the Royal College of Nursing issued in November 2010.
falseeconomy.org.uk was formally launched today and the data it publishes was received from NHS Trusts in response to a freedom of information request. It says that this destroys government claims that the NHS is safe in its hands.
The site has been set up with the intention of providing a vehicle to ' … build the broadest possible movement that can get the government to change direction'. Its initial objectives are to gather and map information and testimony about the cuts, show that there are alternatives and to provide anti-cut campaigners with resources and tools.
Specifically on these NHS cuts they claim their data shows that:
* East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, which expects to shed 1,013 full-time equivalent staff from 2010-15, including almost 50 doctors and dental staff, and 270 nurses, midwives and health visitors.
* Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, which is cutting 682 full-time equivalent posts between 2010 and 2013. 110 posts have already gone.
* University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, who are currently forecasting a reduction of 1,349 full-time posts from 2011-15, which is 22.5 per cent of its entire staff.
* Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, who expect to cut 461 full-time posts by 2015 – a 16 per cent reduction, including a 12 per cent cut in nurses, midwives and health visitors.
* Belfast Health and Social Care Trust, which is cutting 1,755 full-time posts in 2010-11 – nearly a nine per cent net reduction in one year, including 120 doctors and dentists, and 620 nurses.
* Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, who plan to shed 1,115 full-time posts from 2011-14, mainly through natural turnover.
These figures are based on full time equivalent staff numbers and have been collated from many sources but they say they are expecting more cuts to be announced within the next four months.
Brendan Barber, the TIC General Secretary, said "False Economy's new research on NHS job cuts gives the lie to government claims that the NHS was safe in their hands. Not only are they reorganising the NHS in a way that strips out many of its founding principles, but also insisting on immediate cuts that will certainly harm frontline services".