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Nearly 400 health posts to go

One of Wales' biggest health boards has announced it plans to scrap almost 400 posts redundant by March.

In evidence to the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says it has to save £56 million pounds.

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Fewer than 40 Cardiff hospitals job losses will be compulsory says health chief

The Chief Executive Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says fewer than 40 staff are now at risk of compulsory redundancy. The board is aiming to reduce staff numbers by 380 by next March. Adam Cairns told AMs that less than 10% of that figure will be found through compulsory redundancies.

Adam Cairns told members of the Assembly's Public Accounts Committee that the board 'had a responsibility to work within the budget' its been given. But he also said he's confident that the board's hospitals can continue to deliver high quality care with fewer beds and staff.

He told the committee that 'nobody wants to stay in hospital longer than necessary' and that enabling patients to leave sooner means fewer beds are needed, allowing resources to be more focussed.

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