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Almost 60 NHS employees in Durham to lose their jobs

Almost 60 health managers and administrators in Durham are facing losing their jobs in the latest round of NHS cuts.

The County Durham and Darlington Trust was already planning to shed 110 jobs.

But on Monday it announced further job loses with the axing of 58 community health management posts, in an attempt to save £4m by next April.

It has launched a one-month consultation during which it will ask for volunteers for redundancy.

Tom Hunt, chief operating officer for County Durham and Darlington Community Health Services, said money saved would be re-invested into frontline services.

He said: "We have now opened consultation with staff on proposed interim structures to reduce management costs and ensure the continued effective provision of community services.

"I am humbled by the dedication I see on a day-to-day basis from staff and am fully committed to keeping everyone informed throughout this difficult process."

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