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HUNDREDS of jobs are to be lost across the NHS in Calderdale – including 444 at the hospital trust – by 2013, new figures show.

The union-funded website False Economy yesterday published the responses from freedom of information requests submitted to every health trust in the NHS.

It asked for “confirmed, proposed or potential” job losses over the next four years and responses showed more than 50,000 jobs are disappearing from the NHS in total.

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, plans to cut the equivalent of 444 full-time posts – out of a total of 5,100.

The reduction is likely to be 47 per cent clinical, 53 per cent non-clinical.

The full breakdown was 118 positions in 2010/11, 151 in 2011/12 and 175 in 2012/13.

A trust spokeswoman said there were no confirmed job cuts and said: “We will work with staff to manage down the cost of our workforce through natural wastage, improving sickness absence and through better management of temporary workforce costs

“We do expect numbers to reduce over the next few years though we do not anticipate this will be through compulsory redundancies.”

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health services for people in Calderdale, stated a reduction of 204 full-time posts in 2010-13.

It added figures are indicative and “based on the staff numbers the trust would need to lose to achieve the savings identified if all savings were from pay cost reduction”.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust said there would the equivalent of 40 full-time posts reduced during 2010/11.

John Cafferty, Unison’s head of health for Yorkshire, said: “The picture across the region is clear.

“Virtually every acute trust is making some form of job cuts.

“Not just backroom staff, as David Cameron said, it’s frontline.

“Wards are closing, nurses are being made redundant or positions are not being filled.”

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