AS a regular patient attending the University Hospital of Hartlepool haematology-chemo unit outpatient department, it was with uttermost disbelief when I was informed that staff are to be interviewed this year for their own jobs, with the possibility of being downgraded.
This team of nurses over the past five years has had the highest health awards and recommendations for their devotion to patient care.
How can such highly efficient care be so devalued?
Patients hold the staff in the most highest esteem.
Surely in this situation all staff should not be penalised by having to be interviewed for their jobs?
The outcome of this could be resignation of staff, making it extremely difficult to recruit such highly senior professional staff in the future.
This could also have a detrimental effect on patient care.