NHS Trust to axe 60 jobs with frontline services hit

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MORE than 60 jobs are to be axed by Rotherham health chiefs - with frontline clinical and support services to bear the brunt.

New staff cuts at Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will come on top of a £1.7 million efficiency drive affecting administrative and back office staff.

Chief executive Brian James said the NHS was facing significant financial challenges with up to £20 billion of cuts being made nationally.

“As an NHS Foundation Trust we are not immune to the effects of this reduction in costs on our services,” he said.

Mr James said the objective had always been to protect frontline services for as long as possible.

“But we also know we have to make changes and make them now. We have a responsibility to manage our own destiny while we are in a position to do so and this is another part of that process.”

A total of 62 job losses is being forecast as part of the trust’s annual planning process for the financial year ahead.

Managers believe many redundancies can be avoided through redeployment and a call for voluntary redundancies which has already been made.

“We will continue to be open and honest about our need to identify ways to continue to improve our services for patients while being even more efficient,” Mr James said.

“The proposals to restructure some of our clinical and clinical support services were put to us by the services themselves and are among the options that need to be explored.

“We are working closely with unions and appropriate staff representatives to manage the process in an open and transparent manner but ultimately this will be a difficult time for those staff placed at risk due to the restructure and we will provide as much support as we can,” he added.