Government puts NHS redundancies at about 900

The total number of staff being made redundant as part of NHS reorganisation is about 900, official figures have suggested.

Health minister Lord Warner said it showed the “true picture” and not the “inflated figure” some had used. The redundancies announced include 167 medical staff.

Health service unions had warned up to 20,000 jobs are set to go in hospitals across England.

Warner said: “We have always said there will be a minority of redundancies, which is regrettable, but employers will do all they can to support those staff.

“In the main, employers are taking alternative steps to minimise the level of compulsory redundancies such as reducing staff levels through natural turnover, which is about 130,000 staff every year in the NHS anyway, redeployment and by reducing demand for agency staff.”

The government and NHS Employers have published a new framework to help displaced staff find alternative employment in health and social care.

Steve Barnett, director of NHS Employers, said: “The framework showcases what can be achieved by trusts and across local health economies. It sets out a range of measures that can help employers reduce costs and reshape their workforce without recourse to redundancies.”

Unison and other unions are set to lobby parliament over NHS job losses on Wednesday.

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