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Right Arrow Compulsory redundancies
06 July 2006 at 14:44
In a series of face-to-face briefings with staff the Trusts Chief Executive, Jonathan Parry, has announced that regrettably there will be a number of compulsory redundancies.

Earlier this year the Trust announced that as part of its financial recovery plan it would need to shed posts. A vigorous vacancy freeze that had been ongoing for some time was stepped up and staff were also offered the opportunity of applying for voluntary early retirement or voluntary redundancy. These initiatives are ongoing and between them they have already helped us to save £750k.

However this level of savings is still not sufficient to ensure that the Trust delivers its recovery plan and balances its books and as a consequence we will now be making 33 posts compulsory redundant. It is estimated that a further 50 posts will need to be identified for compulsory redundancy over the coming months to achieve our overall total of £2.5 million on staff savings.

With the exception of ward based nursing staff, staff at all levels within the Trust have been considered and the list affects a range of jobs and grades. Those staff who have been identified as at risk will now be seen by their managers over the next few days to have the selection process explained to them.

Jonathan Parry said, “This is not something that the Trust is proud of and we will continue to do all that we can to limit the number of staff affected. The vacancy freeze will continue to be strictly imposed and I would encourage anyone who may wish to leave voluntarily to contact us to discuss whether this is possible. The Trust has a £14 million recovery plan to deliver over a two-year period. Given that some 70% of the Trust’s running costs go on paying our staff it is inevitable that some of our plans will affect staff. The Trade Unions have been fully consulted at every stage of the process and they will be available to support their members through this difficult period. This is a sad day for the Trust and we very much regret having to do this but it is essential that we take whatever action we must to achieve financial balance”

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

Enquiries to: Matthew King Tel: 01704 704714