NHS cuts affecting female staff

 Nearly three-quarters of NHS staff who have been made redundant as part of the health reforms are female, research has found.

Figures show that of 74% of staff who have lost their jobs as part of the health shake-up are women.

Jamie Reed, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, said the “Government is letting women bear the brunt” of its controversial reforms.

Data from the report prepared for the NHS Commissioning Board on the DH’s ‘people tracker’ revealed that employees over the age of 40 also were more likely to be made redundant than younger colleagues. Research found that 77% of staff who were received redundancy packages were over the age of 40.

Between 1 April and June 30 this year, figures show that 105 staff were axed from primary care trusts and strategic health authorities. Fifty of these were compulsory redundancies, 77% were women and 78% were aged over 40 years old.

“As the Government’s reorganisation inflicts chaos on the NHS, its women employees who are being hit hardest,” said Jamie Reed.