Hospitals to shed 500 job in search for £18m savings

Up to 500 jobs could go at hospitals in Hertfordshire in order to help make £18m of savings.

The East and North Herts NHS Trust is planning to cut 10% of its staff.

Union bosses have described the plan as a “devastating blow” to both staff and patients.

The trust said: “While the trust cannot rule out redundancies, it is hoped that these can be kept to a minimum. To support the reduction of up to 500 posts, the trust is also reviewing the number of beds that it needs as it improves clinical efficiency.”

Unison pointed out that this announcement follows the trust’s recent decision to send typing services to India.

Meanwhile, nearly 320 jobs are to go at a NHS trust in Lincolnshire as it tries to tackle a £15m overspend.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust said 100 of the job cuts would be agency staff.

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