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NHS Makes Further Skills Cuts

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The NHS will lose more skilled workers. A leading Trust has announced it will cut 800 posts.

Royal Oldham Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and the Pennine Acute Trust will slash posts in an attempt to tackle a £21 million deficit.

NHS Acting Chief Executive, Bob Chadwick said this would impact upon recruiting new skills into the organisation.

"Our current estimates are that up to 800 posts may have to be lost … we have to consider what other measures we can take first, such as freezes on unnecessary recruitment, and reviewing the use of temporary staff."

The Trust said it had a £21.3 million deficit and an underlying recurrent deficit of £28.3 million. It employs 9,000 staff.

Unison attacked the announcement saying it was a ‘disgrace’.

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