Unite claims Humber NHS Foundation Trust to cut 34 jobs

A health trust in East Yorkshire is preparing to cut more than 30 jobs, according to a union.

Unite said The Humber NHS Foundation Trust planned to cut 34 posts in areas such as mental health.

The trust said it could not confirm the number of jobs being cut but said it was clear posts would go as it needed to make £10m in savings over the next two years.

Unite said the cutting posts would mean a reduction in front line services.

'Less efficient'

The trust, which provides services covering mental health, learning disabilities and addictions in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire, informed the union of its proposals on 10 January.

Dave Monaghan, from Unite, said: "They are not closing services but there are going to be cuts to the number of people performing these services and therefore they won't be as efficient and as big as they were before hand.

"Whichever way you look at it, it is a cut to a front line service."

The trust said in a statement it aimed to keep job losses to an absolute minimum but had to find savings.

It said: "We will continue to use our usual processes of working with those staff who may be affected, to do our very best to try and find suitable alternative employment for them, whenever this is possible.

"However we recognise that at the present time this is likely to be very difficult."

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