Union fear over North East NHS jobs

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UP to 1,367 North East NHS jobs could be axed, unions fear.

The Sunderland-based Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Northern region says the jobs have been identified as “possible redundancies,” when Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) are replaced next year.

The GP-led commission groups which will take their place are not obliged to keep the staff from the PCTs, which include Sunderland, County Durham and South Tyneside.

RCN director Glenn Turp said: “The RCN is working closely with our partner health trade unions and with NHS management across the region and we would hope that there will be no compulsory redundancies, and that any staff losses can be managed through natural attrition.

“But the key thing to remember is what this all means for the patient.”