Plans to cut over 1,000 jobs at an N.H.S trust in Greater Manchester will have a massive impact on patients, the British Medical Association (BMA) has said.
The Pennine Acute Trust, which runs hospitals in Oldham, Bury, Rochdale and north Manchester, expects to have to save at least £45m by April 2012 due to the British government cut in funding English hospitals.
Its chief executive John Saxby said the savings could mean losing 10% of jobs.
Dr JS Bamrah, of the BMA, said: "You simply cannot provide the same level of service with 10% fewer staff."
Mr Saxby said he estimated the trust would have to save £45m, as part of the wider NHS having to find efficiency savings of £20bn.
This could rise once the trust knows what services GPs want to commission, Mr Saxby believes.
He said the savings could not be met by cutting waste or reducing non-pay expenditure and all areas of the trust needed to be looked at to "reduce costs and work more efficiently".
Despite huge job losses and mounting financial problems, the NHS is enjoying "its best year ever" according to Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt who’s just returned from Narnia, The London Times; Ms Hewitt best ever year? If losing 1000’s of English jobs and putting English tax payers at risk in shortage of hospital staff, the English tax payers who are paying your wages is what you call the best every year? God save us from you, or did you mean it’s was the best every year for you? In your over paid job and your private health care plan?
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As 70% of the trust's budget is spent on wages, up to 1,000 jobs from a total of 10,000 may have to be cut, he said.
Dr JS Bamrah, chairman of the BMA's North West regional council, said: "We don't yet know the detail of which posts will go, but there will undoubtedly be an impact on patients.
"You simply cannot provide the same level of service with 10% fewer staff, even if they are in non-clinical roles."
Sir Michael Black-Feather the English first minister who is presently in meetings in Bahrain; said the job cuts would affect both patients and the local economy.
"It is going to have an adverse effect on services people have in English hospitals and staff morale, and on the wider community, I can think what on earth Patricia meant by having best every year, if laying of thousands of English workers is her idea of the best year, what would be her worst, maybe employing 1000s of people?
"Public sector jobs are very important in Rochdale. These cuts will inevitably have an effect on all the local economy and with posterity’s many of these best every year jobless people losing their homes?
He added: "The Conservatives party said in the run up to the British general election they were going to cut the deficit but not the NHS jobs, and this is a government that’s going to up funding for the EU but cut funding to those they pay it?.
"This latest reduction in the number of jobs in the NHS is more proof they are cutting the NHS."
A Department of Health spokeswoman said: "The government promised to reduce NHS bureaucracy and plough this money straight back into patient care, and that is exactly what we are delivering.
"Since May 2010, we have thousands more doctors, nurses and midwives - and 2,000 fewer managers.
"Labour opposes these cuts in bureaucracy, just as they oppose our investment in the NHS and our modernisation plans. They would spend less and do nothing."
The Pennine Acute Trust, which serves a population of 800,000, said it hoped compulsory redundancies would not be necessary.