Possibility of compulsory redundancies at NHS Trust
MORE than 100 staff at Grimsby's hospital have volunteered for redundancy in the past three years.
The move is part of ongoing cost-cutting measures, where Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has to make savings of £15 million per year until 2014. From January 2010 to December 2012, a total of 141 employees at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital, in Grimsby, have stepped forward to take voluntary redundancy, while there have been 24 compulsory ones – the majority support staff.
However, the Grimsby Telegraph has been told that the voluntary process has now been exhausted and the possibility of further compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out.
Dr Neil Pease, Trust director of organisational development and work- force, said: "We have focused on voluntary redundancies for the past few years.
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"The majority of savings have been in managerial and support services, not frontline services.
"Work is now ongoing to ensure the services we provide are as cost effective as possible.
"And as a result of this work there may be some compulsory redundancies in the future."