Coventry & Warwickshire

George Eliot Hospital jobs 'at risk' in savings drive

Up to 250 jobs could go at a Warwickshire hospital trust trying to save £10m in the next financial year.

George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust said it plans to reduce admissions, length of stay for patients and follow-up appointments.

It will also close additional capacity used during the winter period, a spokesman said.

Redundancies will only be considered as a last resort, he added.

The trust said it hoped any reduction in posts would be achieved through vacancy control, redeployment and retirements.

'Act quickly'

The trust runs the George Eliot Hospital based on the outskirts of Nuneaton and serves about 250,000 people.

Chris Bradshaw, interim chief executive and director of finance, said in a statement that the trust, which has as annual turnover of £105m, faces "one of its most serious challenges".

"It is important that we act quickly and decisively, the hospital has overcome similar challenges in the past and I am confident that we will do so again.

"The task is not just making the necessary financial savings but also ensuring that we maintain the high standards of patient care that we have set over recent years.

"Members of staff are being briefed on the situation we face and are being told that everyone has a part to play if we are to be successful," he said.

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