Gloucestershire

Gloucester prison healthcare staff 'will be found work'

Alternative work will be found for 47 healthcare staff at Gloucester prison when it closes in March, the trust which employs them has said.

The 2gether NHS Foundation Trust said: "We are working with our staff to find alternative employment both within the trust and in the local health community.

"We do not plan to make any redundancies."

The prison is one of seven being closed across England.

The trust provides mental health, substance misuse and learning disability services for people of all ages across Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

A Care Quality Commission report last year noted that the team at Gloucester prison met all essential quality and safety standards.

'Dedication and professionalism'

Shaun Clee, 2gether's chief executive, said: "Throughout the recent uncertainty, at a personal level, prison healthcare colleagues have continued to make sure that our service users continue to receive the highest level of care and treatment.

"It is testimony to their dedication and professionalism that they remain helpful, co-operating and supportive to those around them.

"Our aim is to make every effort to help retain valuable skills within the county, and we are working alongside local health and social care colleagues to identify all suitable opportunities."

The Ministry of Justice announced the prison's closure in October as part of money-saving measures.

There are proposals to re-open it as a museum.

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