Hospital staff at risk of axe

Pinderfields Hospital general view
Pinderfields Hospital general view

HOSPITAL workers were in talks with bosses over their future this week after being put at risk of redundancy at the trust which runs Pinderfields Hospital.

Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust confirmed it has placed 74 staff on provisional notice of redundancy in a review of administration and clerical roles.

Bosses said a maximum of 55 would be laid off as the trust tries to slash £24m from its budget this year.

Graham Briggs, the trust’s director of Human Resource, said meetings were being held with affected staff before a decision was taken over their future at the trust.

Mr Briggs said: “This is absolutely necessary for the long-term future of the organisation.”

Mr Briggs said he was disappointed that Unison, the union which represents staff facing the axe, was organising a strike ballot in protest at the job cuts.

Staff at Mid Yorkshire are also moving from weekly to monthly pay to save on payroll costs, and they will be required to pay for their own Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks.