NHS staff offered redundancy deals at Liverpool PCT

All 3,000 staff working for Liverpool Primary Care Trust have been sent letters offering them the chance to take up voluntary redundancy packages.

From nurses on the frontline to administration staff, every NHS worker has been offered a number of different deals in a bid to save cash.

Other offers include going part-time, paying to take more annual leave and flexible retirement.

The PCT said it was "part of an efficiency savings programme".

It was stressed that the move had nothing to do with the government's plans to axe PCTs by 2013 but had been agreed beforehand after it had been announced savings were required in every department across the NHS.

The PCT would not say how many jobs would need to go to meet the cost-cutting targets because it depended on how many took up the different packages available.

'More efficient'

A Liverpool PCT spokesman said: "As part of its efficiency savings programme the government has asked all primary care trusts to bring down management costs.

"We are looking at a number of measures designed to save money and make the organisation more efficient, while ensuring we continue to improve the quality of health care for the people of Liverpool.

"As part of this process we are giving staff the chance to take up options such as annual leave buy back, flexible retirement, and flexible working hours.

"We also have a mutually agreed leaver's scheme in place for employees who may want to leave the trust in return for a payment.

"These are all completely voluntary measures aimed at reducing costs while maintaining our strong performance."

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