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Action plan for hospital unveiled
Ipswich Hospital
Ipswich Hospital needs to make millions of pounds of savings
About 350 posts could be cut at a Suffolk hospital as part of a bid to help the trust meet a multi-million pound budget deficit.

Staff at Ipswich Hospital have been presented with an action plan which is to go before the NHS Trust which runs the hospital on 28 September.

The plan calls for savings through the closure of operating theatres and the slashing of administration costs.

The plan also calls for savings of 1.1m through more efficient spending.

The hospital also wants to make more money from treating private patients.

In a statement to staff, the Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust said: "All staff groups will be affected by these proposals, which are designed to secure the long-term health of the hospital.

"The proposals will mean the equivalent of 350 full-time posts will be lost from the Trust.

"Every possible option of supporting people into alternative suitable employment within the NHS will be undertaken."


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