Jobs not threatened over QE2 changes

PUBLISHED: 11:08 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:22 26 October 2009

Nick Carver and Karen Webb with the trust’s director of nursing Noel Scanlon, left, and Janet Lynch, director of human resources, right

Nick Carver and Karen Webb with the trust's director of nursing Noel Scanlon, left, and Janet Lynch, director of human resources, right

THERE will be no jobs lost when major hospital services move from the QE2 to the Lister. That s the vow from NHS boss Nick Carver, who ruled out the need for compulsory redundancies. Services such as A&E and maternity will move to the Stevenage site in 20

THERE will be no jobs lost when major hospital services move from the QE2 to the Lister.

That's the vow from NHS boss Nick Carver, who ruled out the need for compulsory redundancies.

Services such as A&E and maternity will move to the Stevenage site in 2010, with the QE2 being downgraded to a local general hospital.

And these plans have sparked fear among nurses and other hospital staff about their jobs.

But Mr Carver, chief executive of the East and North Herts NHS Trust, and other senior staff met union official Karen Webb to try to quell any uncertainty.

He said: "The changes facing the trust and its staff over the next few years represent a great opportunity, rather than a threat, providing we work together with our staff and the community.

"That is why we are extremely confident, especially given the good working relationship that exists with our staff side colleagues already, that there will be no need for compulsory redundancies."

He said: "For example take nursing and midwifery staff, who between them make up well over half our workforce.

"We believe that the biggest challenge facing us is retaining and recruiting more of them, as we plan the exciting developments and advances in patient care that lie ahead for the people of east and north Hertfordshire."

Ms Webb, director of the Royal College of Nursing's eastern region, said: "While some people are seeking a judicial review, we know that this will not change the decision.

"The important issues are that the quality and standards of care remain high and that no staff are made compulsorily redundant.

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