NHS Kirklees is providing support for staff who fear they may have to desert the organisation.
The Primary Care Trust (PCT) says it has “robust arrangements” including “vacancy control” measures in place to deal with employees left anxious by the upheaval in the health service.
The Health Select Committee warned this week that the unprecedented scale of changes to the NHS could lead to a “brain drain” of talent from PCTs.
And it added that hastily announced plans to abolish the organisations by April 2013 left NHS managers unable to plan effectively.
NHS Kirklees staff now face the uncertainty of remaining in a body which is earmarked for closure, which could also have an impact on recruiting for vacant positions.
The PCT has already introduced measures to control and reduce the size of the workforce over this and subsequent years.
The PCT’s November mid-year performance report stated the measures had seen the organisation reduce in size from the equivalent of 1,274.5 full-time posts to the equivalent of 1,189.4 full-time posts in the year to September 30 2010 – a decrease of 6.6%.
Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman yesterday had an “intensive” meeting with chief executive of NHS Kirklees Mike Potts, with jobs high up the agenda.
Mr Sheerman said: “Mike Potts briefed me on how complex this scenario is and the role that the PCT is playing in the transition – building the new health clusters and developing the GP’s role.
“It’s a very complex process which is happening very fast. Many of the decisions will be made long before April 2013.
“He did say that there are other PCTs which are losing good staff and was pleased they are so far retaining theirs.
“One of the jobs he’s doing is persuading people there will be interesting opportunities for working in the health sector under the new system as public health will be transferred to the local authority and there will very likely be a social enterprise running community services.
“His view is that there will be challenging roles for people and he’s trying to communicate that to staff who do feel uncertain about their future. I came to see what it’s like at the grass roots, because otherwise I can’t ask perceptive questions without speaking to people on the ground.”
A spokeswoman for NHS Kirklees said: “NHS Kirklees has robust arrangements in place to deal with instances of staff leaving the organisation, including vacancy control measures, re-deployment of staff to priority areas of work and help to manage workloads.
“We have also been providing as much support as possible to staff affected by changes, for example through regular staff briefings and career review support.”
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