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281 NHS Jobs to Go at Derriford Hospital

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Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, Devon has announced a raft of job cuts. A total of 281 NHS posts have been identified as casualties of the hospital’s efforts to reduce its outgoings during the 2011-2012 year. A total of £31 million is due to be saved by getting rid of the posts, although it is thought that many staff members will be moved into other posts.

A total of 130 nursing positions are available in Derriford Hospital at present. However 145 of the 281 jobs set to go are also nursing positions. It is thought that the available nursing vacancies will help in the redeployment exercise. According to Helen O’Shea, the deputy chief executive and chief operating officer at Derriford Hospital, “there are currently 250 vacancies within the organisation ready to deploy people into.”

Ms O’Shea went on to say, “We want to be very clear. We do not intend to lose 281 of our staff.” She also indicated that compulsory redundancy would be “the absolute last resort.”

In addition to this voluntary redundancy would be mooted as a possibility before any compulsory redundancies were thought of. A scheme known as a mutually agreed resignation scheme (MARS) would be another possibility considered in some cases. The budget for all staff would be cut by about 7% in total.

Of the total savings of £31 that must be made, it is thought that just over half of the savings will be made with the staff restructuring and 281 job cuts.

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