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Milton Keynes Hospital plans to cut of 280 posts

Milton Keynes Hospital has announced plans to cut 280 posts to help plug a £15m funding gap.

The move will see the hospital, which employs some 3,000 people, cutting almost one in 10 jobs.

The hospital says the savings are needed to meet a 4% efficiency saving across the NHS nationally, plus a drop in services being commissioned.

The hospital is also hoping to cut costs by reducing the time patients stay in hospital.

Cash fear

Mark Millar, interim chief executive, said: "These are difficult times for everyone and the NHS, and indeed Milton Keynes Hospital, is no exception.

"Being in deficit is not an option. Like anyone else, we have to make sure that we don't run out of cash.

"Many of the changes will actually improve the patient experience, others impact non-clinical services so will make no discernable difference to our patients."

The Milton Keynes Hospital Trust said it was committed to, wherever possible, achieving cuts by reducing the use of agency staff, not replacing staff who leave, and by retraining staff for suitable roles elsewhere in the hospital.

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