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RCGP announces further redundancies

The RCGP has revealed that five senior posts will be made redundant and much of its IT workforce will be transferred to an outside provider in the latest phase of its reorganisation.

The college proposes to create a new planning and resources directorate with several new roles, subject to consultation to be completed by Christmas. To achieve this, it plans to make its executive director of group finance and resources, and the heads of HR and finance - both currently vacant posts - redundant.

Two further posts - head of digital delivery and head of ICT - are also likely to cease to exist from next spring if plans to outsource a number of positions in its digital delivery and ICT teams go ahead. Other staff would be transferred under TUPE, with a small team remaining in-house to handle customer interface, IT infrastructure and contracts.

In May, Pulse revealed that the RCGP was to make at least eight staff redundant under its cost-cutting drive and the college said that its financial situation remained ‘under review’ as it began to make mortgage repayments on new headquarters in 30 Euston Square.

The RCGP is looking to save £620,000 a year and it has also struck a deal to rent out a section of its new headquarters in central London to the College of Social Work.

In a statement today, the college said: ‘These measures have worked and at the mid-year point, the organisation was on course to break even for 2013/14.’

RCGP chief executive Neil Hunt said: ‘Given the challenges that the RCGP faces, it is critical that we enhance the way we plan and use our resources. Change is always difficult, but we have to ensure that we are in the best possible shape to help GPs meet the multiple challenges caused by the on-going decline in funding for general practice across the UK.’

He added: ‘We regret having to propose the deletion of any posts of our valued staff and will do all we can to support the people affected through the process. However, we have a duty to our members to find ways of working that deliver the best value for money possible. This is something that all organisations have to do in the modern era.’

’I am confident that through the changes we are making we will remain financially robust and will go on to play an ever greater role in promoting general practice and excellent patient care across the UK.’ 

Readers' comments (16)

  • I think its dreadful people are suffering due to the extravagance involved in costs for this building.

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  • Is it going to end up being a builing with noone home!

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  • The ePortfolios, Members' Area and website have always been difficult to use and unattractive. Let's see if private companies, who don't give a damn about GP members, can do any better....

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  • How many restructures has the RCGP had in the last couple of years? Pulse has reported 3 if not 4. This causes huge uncertainty and disruption for members involved with the College and goodness knows how staff feel. This must create a terrible culture of fear and is simply an inefficient way to operate. My priority plan would be to appoint someone competent to run the RCGP rather than repeating the same, endless mistakes. Our new Chairman needs to address this urgently.

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  • the legacy of Clare Gerada.......

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  • No Clare's legacy this, but those who let the former treasurer drive through this ridiculous vanity project

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  • Sell the building
    Move to Coventry

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  • I do wonder if Neil Hunt is particularly good at reorganizations. I understand the reorganization being undertaken when he left the Alzheimer's Society and the amount of money spent on management at the time of his leadership have both been questioned.

    That said the building was really quite lovely when I had a look around earlier this year.

    RCGP stay away from WONGA.

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  • Why is the CEO not being held to account? The buck stops with him. How many times will he be permitted to make bad decisions or fail to pre-empt problems? How have the RCGP Council and Board allowed this to happen? Are they not supposed to hold management to account and scrutinise their work? Will our new Chair do anything about this? #failedgovernance

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  • Building unsaleable due to planning blight from HS2. Am I ever glad not to have had to give money to this lot!

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