Revamp aims to save Gwent NHS £20m

South Wales Argus: Revamp aims to save Gwent NHS £20m Revamp aims to save Gwent NHS £20m

GWENT NHS bosses are drawing up plans to trim £20 million from the health board pay bill during the next three years.

The aim, outlined in Aneurin Bevan Health Board’s medium term plan, is to reduce levels of variable pay – a big and current problem for the NHS.

“We will be seeking to avoid redundancies wherever possible by re-deploying and re-skilling existing staff, and ensuring all our services are as efficient as possible,” states the plan report.

Many services are being remodelled prior to the opening of the Specialist and Critical Care Centre in 2019. Voluntary early release schemes, and the suspension or restriction of recruitment, are among the measures that have been and are likely to be used to achieve the required reductions in staff, along with the ongoing bed reduction programme.

Around 240 beds are predicted to be closed in Gwent hospitals over the next six years – this is expected to save about £2 million in each of the next three years.

An electronic rostering system is predicted to deliver a variable pay reduction of £500,000 a year through more efficient compiling of staffing requirements.

The health board hopes to save £1.9 million a year by reducing the need for its nursing ‘bank’ due to the recruitment of more nurses to meet all-Wales staffing principles.

It has set itself the ambitious target of saving almost £10 million over three years by reducing sickness absence. Another £3.65 million of savings are predicted by the end of 2016-17 through reductions in management costs.

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1:13pm Fri 21 Feb 14

blackandamber says...

Just stop putting up bi and multi lingual signs everywhere that will save £20 million on its own.
Just stop putting up bi and multi lingual signs everywhere that will save £20 million on its own. blackandamber

3:03pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Bobevans says...

Why not charge £5 to park in the main car park but have it free in the other car parks. This would stop the traffic congestion on the hospital site and in the Cardiff road
Why not charge £5 to park in the main car park but have it free in the other car parks. This would stop the traffic congestion on the hospital site and in the Cardiff road Bobevans

4:00pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Llanmartinangel says...

blackandamber wrote:
Just stop putting up bi and multi lingual signs everywhere that will save £20 million on its own.
Careful. The medieval language obsessives will kick off you know.
[quote][p][bold]blackandamber[/bold] wrote: Just stop putting up bi and multi lingual signs everywhere that will save £20 million on its own.[/p][/quote]Careful. The medieval language obsessives will kick off you know. Llanmartinangel

5:34pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Blodwen Puw says...

Do we know what is meant by variable pay?
Do the proposed changes apply to all sectors within the hospital or just to nurses?
Will the money saved from the 240 bed closures be ploughed into the community instead?
If a satisfactory standard of care can provided then this could be a good move.
Do we know what is meant by variable pay? Do the proposed changes apply to all sectors within the hospital or just to nurses? Will the money saved from the 240 bed closures be ploughed into the community instead? If a satisfactory standard of care can provided then this could be a good move. Blodwen Puw

11:04pm Fri 21 Feb 14

gingertom says...

Martin Turner, Andrew cottom and Andrew goodall have all been diabolical CEO 's, performance related pay would save some money.
Martin Turner, Andrew cottom and Andrew goodall have all been diabolical CEO 's, performance related pay would save some money. gingertom

11:48am Sat 22 Feb 14

daveyates3 says...

Maybe the Board could stop changing its name so often.It's now Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.How much is this costing?
Maybe the Board could stop changing its name so often.It's now Aneurin Bevan University Health Board.How much is this costing? daveyates3

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