WORKFORCE: The Royal Berkshire Hospital Foundation Trust has considered bringing in 12-hour nursing shifts to save money.

Council of governors papers for January said that in November, chief executive Ed Donald told the trust’s board that extra cost improvement projects had been identified.

These included “the introduction of 12-hour nursing shifts was being investigated, with a potential saving of £500,000”.

The papers also said that the trust’s finance director said “it was disappointing to note that, in October, pay costs had increased by £500,000”.

The papers said: “Whilst this was in part due to October being a five week month, a number of new actions had been implemented to control pay in line with the forecast.”