Breaking: hospital jobs ‘at risk’

Brian James, Chief Executive of Rotherham General Hospitals NHS Trust.
Brian James, Chief Executive of Rotherham General Hospitals NHS Trust.
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NEARLY 80 health workers at Rotherham Hospital have been told they could lose their jobs as NHS bosses draw up plans to save £4 million.

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust is looking to cut the equivalent of 30 full-time staff and has warned 77 employees they are ‘at risk’ of compulsory redundancy.

The jobs are to be cut from all departments, including nursing and clinical staff, the hospital confirmed.

A further 100 posts, which are either vacant or filled by temporary workers, will be cut by Sunday, April 1.

Bosses said the number of jobs at risk might be reduced if they receive enough applications for voluntary redundancy - but warned ‘voluntary redundancy alone’ would not deliver the required savings and some compulsory redundancies would be needed.

Hospital managers, who have to save £14m in the next financial year, claim the changes will protect frontline services and shelter patients from the impact of budget cuts.

Hospital chief executive Brian James said: “The NHS continues to face tough times financially and we therefore needs to identify ways to continue to improve our services for patients whilst being even more efficient.

“We have been exploring how to best manage our costs to minimise the impact of any funding reductions on our patients and front line services.

“Some 77 staff have been put ‘at risk’ although we only propose 30 redundancies.”

The ‘at-risk’ staff are now going through a 30-day consultation period, which began on Friday, March 2.

Mr James said: “We are working closely with unions and appropriate staff representatives to manage the process in an open and transparent manner and work with affected staff in the most sensitive way we can.

“Clearly this is an anxious time for the staff concerned and a testing time for all of us at the trust - making people redundant is an unhappy responsibility and we have not made this proposal lightly.”

A trust spokesman said: “We would always make every effort to safeguard jobs and protect our staff, but we believe the changes we are proposing will ensure we protect the services we provide our patients in these challenging times.

“These plans have been developed by the departments and services themselves.

“These proposals have been prepared by the people closest to service delivery.”