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Homerton hospital set to lose 14 district nurse posts


The number of district nurse posts is set to be cut by a fifth in April, Homerton Hospital Trust has warned.

The loss of 14 out of 63 posts is a result of City and Hackney clinical commissioning group’s decision to end funding for the One Hackney & City health and social care pilot.

The trust estimates the loss of staff would add two extra patients to the daily workload of each remaining nurse, reducing the time spent with patients.

One Hackney & City, a pilot funded by the national £5.3bn Better Care Fund, is due to end in April.

The Better Care Fund provided money to councils and NHS services to incentivise them to better integrate health and social care.

Details of the cuts are set out in the hospital trust’s December board papers where the hospital states it is ‘unhappy’ about the reduction in nurses.

The hospital also warns the cuts will ‘inevitably’ compromise its ability to work with primary care on wider ‘integration’ initiatives.