Lincolnshire mental health service cuts jobs

An NHS trust which provides mental health services in Lincolnshire has said it is looking to cut 15% of its staff to save £13m over three years.

The Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Trust said the move, which equates to about 300 posts, had been forced on it by tight limits on government funding.

Bosses said they were planning to save £750,000 in management costs alone.

But they insisted contracts with the voluntary sector would mean they could offer a good service to the public.

Load 'spread'

While the NHS has been spared the large cuts seen in other public bodies, it has only seen a 0.1% rise in funding.

Managers said this, combined with increased demand for services and rising drug, technology and service costs, had forced them to make savings.

Trust chief executive Chris Slavin said this had made them look at working more efficiently and reducing administration.

He added that the voluntary sector would play a large part in this.

"We are very conscious that some of our partners in this sector are struggling and it is not in our interests to let them fold," he said.

"We need a vibrant voluntary sector to help people progress beyond our services and we are looking to place contracts with them to spread the load."

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