Lancashire

Jobs set to go at Lancashire PCT

Hospital ward
Image caption Money saved will be reinvested in patient care

A Lancashire Primary Care Trust is to cut 76 jobs in an effort to save £4m over the next four years.

The cuts are being made by NHS Central Lancashire as PCTs across the country try to save on office costs and reinvest cash in patient care.

The PCT said the cuts were part of its new structure, revealed after a 90-day consultation with staff.

Acting chief executive Jeanette Newman said compulsory redundancies would be "a last resort".

She said staff would have to reapply for new posts or the PCT would do their best to retrain or redeploy them.

'Last resort'

Ms Newman said: "We need to make savings to management and corporate costs of around £4m by 2013.

"This is considerable, and means we have had to make some very tough decisions.

"The PCT is committed to taking all reasonable steps to avoid redundancies, and views it as a last resort.

"Every effort will be made to try to avoid unnecessary redundancies through the retraining and redeployment of staff wherever possible. However, the size of the challenge means that some redundancies are likely."

She said the PCT was working with the unions on the issue.

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