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Hospital sheds jobs to save 4m
The James Paget Hospital
Some posts at the hospital which are vacant will not be filled
A major hospital plans to shed 100 jobs in a bid to reduce its budget for the coming year by 4m.

The James Paget Hospital at Gorleston hopes to avoid staff redundancies by not filling vacant posts or replacing people when they leave or retire.

The hospital board blames an inadequate national settlement for the step.

A statement said: "Like all hospitals we will receive less funding than we need for existing costs and increases such as pay awards and new drugs."

The James Paget NHS Trust currently has 150 vacancies and the annual staff turnover is usually about 250 jobs.

Avoiding redundancies

The necessary reduction of more than 100 posts will be made by deleting jobs that are currently vacant and normal turnover, rather than through redundancies.

The trust board has expressed its disappointment with the national financial settlement for hospitals.

David Hill, chief executive, said: "We have no debts or deficits, and we are setting a balanced budget for the coming year. To achieve this we need to reduce our staffing levels by over 100 posts.

"This must be set against a background that we have increased staff numbers by over 250 posts in the last four years.

"We will be working with our staff to try to avoid any redundancies and try to ensure that patient care is not affected."


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