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Budget crisis hits hospital jobs
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital
Norfolk and Norwich Hospital faces staff cuts to make savings
A leading hospital is set to cut its workforce because of a 22m shortfall in its budget.

Job losses at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital were inevitable, chief executive Paul Forden said.

He blames inflation and a shortfall in government funding, but hopes to limit the cuts in the 5,000 strong workforce.

MPs Ian Gibson and Norman Lamb said 700 jobs could be lost, and they are to write to the health minister to ask her to tackle the problem.

Mr Forden said jobs would have to go because reducing staff numbers was the only way to make savings.

"There are bound to be job losses as 70% of our expenditure is on pay.

"We are going to have to treat the same number of patients, our consumable costs are not going down, and we will still face increases in the maintenance of the hospital.

"So the only places to make savings are in the numbers of people we employ."

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