NHS job cuts at Rotherham

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UP to 80 jobs are at risk at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, as a result of budget-saving cuts proposed by NHS bosses.

A total of 77 employees have been placed ‘at risk’ of compulsory redundancy as the NHS seeks to claw back £4 million.

All departments at Rotherham hospital are set to be affected, the Times understands, including nursing and clinical staff.

Up to 100 vacant or temporary posts are to cease this month.

Voluntary redundancies have been invited with some take-up expected, but it is highly unlikely there will be enough of these to deliver the required savings.

Hospital managers, who have been tasked to save £14 million over the next financial year, claim that frontline services will in fact be protected by the cuts and will ultimately safeguard vulnerable patients.

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

Management said they are working closely with unions and appropriate staff representatives to manage the whole process “as sensitively as possible.”

A Trust spokesman said: “We would always make every effort to safeguard jobs and protect our staff.

“We believe the changes that we are proposing will ensure we protect the services we provide to our patients in these challenging times.

“These plans have been developed by the departments and services themselves. Proposals have been prepared by the people closest to service delivery.”