Rotherham Hospital to make staff redundancies

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More than 70 NHS staff are facing the threat of compulsory redundancy, Rotherham foundation trust has said.

The trust, which is seeking to save about £4m, is proposing 30 redundancies from 77 employees.

A voluntary redundancy trawl which started in February is expected to reduce the number of compulsory job losses.

Chief executive Brian James said he wanted there to be "minimal impact" on front-line services and patients.

Mr James said: "The NHS continues to face tough times financially and The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust therefore needs to identify ways to continue to improve our services for patients whilst being even more efficient.

"We are working closely with unions and appropriate staff representatives to manage the process in an open and transparent manner and work with affected staff in the most sensitive way we can."

The trust said it would seek to reduce staffing through natural turnover, including people on temporary contracts, as part of its restructuring process.

Nobody from the Unison was available to comment.

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