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Forty jobs under threat at East Grinstead hospital

Up to 40 jobs could go at a West Sussex hospital as part of planned cuts to make annual savings of £2m.

The Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Trust has started a two-month consultation into changes in working practices at the hospital in East Grinstead.

The trust said it hoped to avoid compulsory redundancies.

Chief executive Dr Adrian said: "Our approach is not just to reduce staff numbers. Our fundamental aim is to do things in the best way possible."

A spokesperson for the trust added: "The need to reduce the national debt means that our income will be frozen while demand for services, and the costs of providing them, continue to rise.

"This is not sustainable. We need to make changes to ensure we remain financially secure so we can continue providing the same levels of high quality care our patients expect.

"Around 40 posts could be affected but we are consulting with staff to find ways to minimise compulsory redundancies."

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