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Lancashire mental health shake-up defended
1:24pm Thursday 13th June 2013 in News
BOSSES have defended a mental health shake-up which resulted in four senior nurses being made redundant and new managerial roles being created instead.
Three of the nurses were based at Guild Lodge, in Goosnargh, a secure mental health facility run by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust, while another worked in the community.
A trust employee, who asked not to be named, said the nurses were crucial to running the unit, and would be the first point of contact in an emergency. However, the employee said their posts were cut in favour of new management roles.
In a statement, Lancashire Care said the shake-up was part of a drive to increase the level of ‘clinical leadership’, and ensure a broader mix of expertise to reflect the extra services now provided, such as physical health, prison services and substance misuse.
The statement said ‘all avenues to avoid redundancies were explored’. It said there had not been an ‘overall disinvestment into clinical posts’, and extra investment has been put into the service.
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