Take unpaid holiday to help NHS trust save cash

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STAFF will be offered unpaid leave to help a debt-ridden health trust slash £24m from its budget.

Bosses at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust are planning job cuts, reduced working hours and unpaid time off for staff to save £2m a month.

The trust, which runs Pinderfields, Pontefract and Dewsbury hospitals, has run up debts of almost £20m and must save £24m in the next 12 months.

Interim chief executive Stephen Eames said: “Staff costs account for more than 70 per cent of overall expenditure and we cannot afford to deliver savings on the scale needed without reducing the workforce.”