Fewer job cuts than feared at QEH

Fewer staff than expected will lose their jobs in the latest round of redundancies at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.Health chiefs warned up to 85 posts could go, as it grapples with an £11m deficit.

Fewer staff than expected will lose their jobs in the latest round of redundancies at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Health chiefs warned up to 85 posts could go, as it grapples with an £11m deficit.

But today the hospital announced 29 staff – the equivalent of 20 full-time jobs – would be made redundant.

Director of human resources Amanda Lyes said: "We are confident that many of the staff whose posts are being cut will want to apply for jobs in other areas of the hospital.

"We are giving all our staff as much help, information and support as we can at this difficult time."

Ron Glazebrook, from health union UNISON, said: "Even one redundancy is too many but the financial position of the hospital trust is such that a reduction of staff costs has to be a key part of any financial recovery plan."