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Barts Health NHS Trust

Part of Energy and Climate Change – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 19th March 2015.

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Photo of Liz McInnes Liz McInnes Labour, Heywood and Middleton 10:31 am, 19th March 2015

Like my hon. Friend Grahame M. Morris, I am not from London, but I do feel qualified to speak on this subject. The issues that have been raised about staff morale and the “down banding” of nurses are all too familiar to me. Until October last year I worked for the NHS—I worked for the NHS for more than 30 years—and what is going on at Barts is very similar to what was going on in the trust in the north-west where I worked. Again, it was a large trust, having been formed by the merger of four hospitals. It is an unworkable plan. As my hon. Friend said, we warned about what was going to happen with the Health and Social Care Bill, and it is depressing to see all this come to fruition. The cost of agency staff, which has been referred to—