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NHS cuts: could mean 750 job losses at Rotherham Hospital

Unions warn Rotherham Hospital may not be the last to announce job losses Photo: Calendar News

Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust in South Yorkshire said it faced a "very challenging financial future" The Trust declined to put a figure on possible job losses, but Unison said it could mean 750 cuts among nursing staff, clerical workers and medical secretaries.

'DEVASTATING BLOW FOR FAMILIES IN THE RUN-UP TO CHRISTMAS'

This is terrible news for patients and for the local community who will lose vital health services. Cutting nursing staff at a time when we have an ageing population and have already lost nearly 6,000 nurses since the ConDems came to power should worry everyone who relies on the NHS in Rotherham. This announcement will be a devastating blow for families in the run-up to Christmas. The jobs market is incredibly tough. People will struggle to find other work.

– Pam Johnson, Union official

"MAIN FOCUS IS VOLUNTARY REDUNDANCY AND RESIGNATION SCHEMES'

"The NHS continues to face tough times financially and the trust therefore needs to identify ways to continue to improve our services for patients whilst being even more efficient. Our staff are our biggest asset, but also our biggest cost and we are exploring how to best manage and substantially reduce our costs whilst ensuring we continue to provide quality healthcare and fulfil our commitment to the people of Rotherham to build a healthier future together."

– Brian James, Trust Chief Executive