Cleaning jobs to go as NHS trust cuts back

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AT LEAST 21 cleaning jobs are to be axed at Barnsley Hospital as part of plans to save £250,000 a year.

Hospital contractor Initial Cleaning is cutting the jobs after it was asked by the hospital to reduce the cost of its service..

Staff say up to 40 jobs are to go but Initial said it expected 21 part-time positions to be affected.

Lorraine Christopher, the hospital’s associate director of estates and facilities, said: “The hospital is having to look at transforming how it works - not just to make savings but to meet the needs of our patients against ever increasing demand.

“We can only do this by totally transforming how we work. We asked our cleaning contractors, Initial, to do the same.

“They responded with a comprehensive plan which proposes different shift patterns, a new structure, new electrical equipment and cleaning technology.

“Initial assured us their plans will help them to make savings while continuing to provide the same standards of quality, which means we can continue to have such low infection rates.”