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200 jobs set to go at hospital during latest cuts to save £11m
HOSPITAL chiefs have revealed up to 200 jobs will be cut in order to save £11m in the next year.
The move has been slammed by Warrington North MP Helen Jones who fears slashing posts from the 4,000-strong work force can only lead to ‘worse services’.
But bosses have said they are confident compulsory redundancies can be avoided.
Mel Pickup, chief executive at Warrington and Halton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “In common with all other NHS organisations, we are now in our third successive year of having to make significant annual efficiency savings.
“Up until this point we have achieved this without needing to reduce the number of staff we employ.
“Shortening hospital stays through fast, effective assessment and treating more people in the community is better for patients as they spend less time in hospital, but it means we have to look at reducing the number of posts we need in certain areas, redesigning services and consequently reducing our pay costs.
“We have begun consultation with our staff and their union representatives and we want to be very clear that this is about posts, not people.
“There are currently a number of vacancies at any one time within the organisation which we will be looking at first of all.”
Bosses have said the national minimum savings requirement is four per cent which amounts to around £11m at the trust between April 2013 and March 2014.
According to the hospital, 70 per cent of the trust’s expenditure is on staffing and a proportion of these savings will come from a reduction in the overall pay budget.
Helen Jones MP added: “The Government is making huge cuts in the NHS and this is one of the unfortunate results.
“All over the country we are seeing hospitals losing staff and having unwanted mergers forced on them.
“It is appalling that hard working NHS staff, on whom we all rely, are being treated in this way and can only lead to worse services.“