Hospital Trust to slash jobs

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Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust has asked its staff to take voluntary redundancy as it struggles to find savings resulting from Government cuts.

Trade union Unison - which represents many working within the NHS - has estimated that up to 400 jobs could be slashed from the current 6,000 staff.

The Trust’s financial position is so serious that its Chief Executive Owen Williams recently admitted that it had been referred to its regulator Monitor as it was unable to find the required savings.

Julie Hull, Executive Director of Workforce and Organisational Development at the Trust, said: “The Trust currently faces a number of significant challenges – service, structural and financial - which all impact on our workforce in terms of the way we work.

“The Trust has launched a voluntary redundancy scheme to assist in responding to these challenges and the environment in which we operate.”

Only staff who have worked for the Trust for at least two years on a continuous basis will be eligible for the voluntary redundancy scheme.

Labour MP for Halifax Linda Riordan said: “It is another blow for local health services. Why should people’s jobs be sacrificed because of the Trust’s financial mess?

“We face a triple whammy of losing our A&E, losing important jobs and losing our National Health Service.

“So much for the Government’s hollow claim of protecting NHS spending; the reality is cuts, cuts and more cuts. “