More jobs to be lost at Royal Bolton Hospital as bosses make £1.44 million of cuts
MORE jobs will be axed at the Royal Bolton Hospital as bosses are forced to make further cuts.
Non-clinical staff have been told by Bolton NHS Foundation Trust — which runs the Royal Bolton Hospital — they could lose their jobs in a bid to make further savings of £1.44 million this financial year.
Hospital bosses would not confirm how many posts will be axed but say front line staff will not be affected.
Dr Jackie Bene, acting chief executive of the trust, said: “It is clear, however, that while we will continue to look for other efficiencies, the main area where we can make savings is from our pay costs.
“It was always planned that we would make further savings in corporate service areas in 2014/15, and we have brought forward that particular consultation into the current financial year. “ Staff in workforce, finance, strategy and improvement, and non-clinical areas in nursing, have all been briefed that reviews will take place to identify where the efficiencies will be made.
Hospital workers say they will not rule industrial action over the cuts, which are likely to happen before Christmas.
Harry Hanley, Secretary of Staff Side at the hospital, which represents employees, said: “Staff are not very happy because they have been through this once before and now it has bounced back on them again.
“There’s never a good time for redundancies but we know it’s going to happen around Christmas and that is always going to be the worst time to lose your job “I don’t know how many will go and I cannot confirm numbers.”
Asked if staff were considering industrial action, Mr Hanley added: “I cannot comment until we have found out what is going on. We’re expecting more details in two to three weeks.”
Last year the hospital came under fire when it announced 500 posts, including some nursing staff, would be lost as part of the cuts.
But in June this number was cut to 218 jobs, which will be mainly made up of backroom staff.
Councillor Andy Morgan, who sits on Bolton Council’s health, overview and scrutiny committee, said: “The devil is in the detail with this one.
“Cutting backroom staff or middle management is an easy call to make but how is that going to affect clinical staff? Does this mean they have to pick up the extra administration? There’s going to come a point where there’s not much fat left to cut away.
“The trust must think about how they will redesign the service to make these efficiencies.”
The latest job losses at the Royal Bolton come after Bolton Council was forced to axe hundreds of jobs due to government cuts since 2010, with up to another 400 in the firing line.
Cllr Morgan said: “We’re meant to be integrating our health and social care across Bolton. The latest round of redundancies at the council or at the hospital could jeopardise that.
“If we are going to re-design the way health social is delivered in Bolton with the integrated system, we need the personnel. It’s as simple as that.”
Every trust in the NHS must make savings of four per cent out of their annual budget every year.
This means the Bolton Trust has to make savings of about £11 million per year out of its annual budget of £272 million.
In July the trust announced it was investing £2.5 million in nursing staff and that recruitment had already started.
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