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Hospital to cut around 20% of workforce by 2015

29th October 2012

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust has confirmed it wants to cut around a fifth of its workforce by 2015.

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The South Yorkshire trust said if it cut 750 jobs and created "a smaller hospital with substantially fewer beds" it would be able to save £50 million in four years.

The trust said "radical change" was called for if it was to reach government targets and save money. 

The trust's report, called Creating Certainty in an Uncertain World, was presented to its board by chief executive Brian James.

Mr James said: "The NHS continues to face tough times financially. Our staff are our biggest asset, but also our biggest cost and we are exploring how to best manage and substantially reduce our costs whilst ensuring we continue to provide quality healthcare."

The report was criticised by unions and patient organisations. Unison regional organiser Sue Cookman responded: "Nothing's new about the savings. To talk about culling 750 jobs seems to be highly irresponsible and will have a massive impact on patient care."

"I think the patients and staff are already feeling the strain, feeling there aren't enough nurses, feeling that things are taking too long." 

Katherine Murphy, Chief Executive of The Patients' Association, said NHS financial cutbacks were "affecting the services patients receive".

She added: "The government needs to urgently consider the financial pressure trusts are facing and the inevitable impact on patients." 

 

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