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Right Arrow Financial recovery plan update
12 May 2006 at 10:48
On Thursday the 11th May, Managers at the Trust started a series of briefing sessions with all staff to explain that the Trust is inviting expressions of interest from staff who may wish to consider Voluntary Early Retirement or Voluntary Redundancy.

The Trust is facing a very challenging year in which it must make savings of £10million. A Recovery Plan has been agreed which will deliver at least £4million and this has already started. It includes a range of actions including a vacancy freeze, marketing of the Trust’s services to generate additional income and purchasing savings. We anticipate the vacancy freeze will realise a saving of approximately 100 posts.

However, in order to help to achieve the remaining £6million the Trust is reviewing its staffing structures and roles, and the first part of this exercise is to offer Voluntary Early Retirements and Voluntary Redundancies.

Ward based nursing staff however are excluded from the invitation to express interest.

Jonathan Parry, Chief Executive said, “Staff have been given a deadline by which they must register their interest, after that they will receive additional information to help them make a decision. Expressing an interest does not commit anyone to proceeding any further and any decision to proceed would be entirely voluntary.

“Whilst we clearly will have to wait and see what level of interest there is in these voluntary arrangements which will add to the posts already frozen, we do not believe that there will be sufficient numbers to achieve the required reduction of a minimum 200 posts. We have therefore met with Trade Union Officials to start a process of consultation to try and avoid compulsory redundancies and whilst all action will be taken to avoid them they cannot be ruled out.

“I want to stress that if compulsory redundancies are necessary, ward based nursing staff would be excluded.

“Our staff will be kept fully informed of developments over the coming weeks.”

Issued by Matthew King, Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust.

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714
E-mail: matthew.king@southportandormskirk.nhs.uk