Nurses at University Hospital of North Staffordshire set to strike over redundancies

Nurses at University Hospital of North Staffordshire are threatening to strike over “redundancy interviews”.

The NHS Trust plans to make 1,000 redundancies to cut costs and is holding interviews this week to determine which posts should be axed.

About 400 nursing jobs are expected to go. Nurses will be assessed on a range of criteria, including sickness absence, qualifications, performance and willingness to adapt to change, Nursing Times reports.

Chris Bourne, district branch secretary at the Royal College of Nursing, Stoke, said: “Nurses are very angry and looking for action. We are trying to minimise the numbers of staff going through compulsory redundancies.”

A spokesman for University Hospital of North Staffordshire said that the redundancies were unavoidable in the course of attempts to return the trust to financial stability.

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