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Hospital merger risks desk jobs

PUBLISHED: 11:16 15 October 2009 | UPDATED: 17:15 25 August 2010

HOSPITAL bosses cannot rule out compulsory redundancies following the merging of its clerical teams across three sites. Bosses at South London Healthcare NHS Trust, which merged on April 1 this year, aim to merge clerical teams across sites in Sidcup,

HOSPITAL bosses cannot rule out compulsory redundancies following the merging of its clerical teams across three sites.

Bosses at South London Healthcare NHS Trust, which merged on April 1 this year, aim to merge clerical teams across sites in Sidcup, Woolwich and Bromley.

Some 6,000 clinical and clerical staff have been promised a consultation if their job changes.

A trust spokesperson for the told the Times that if objections were made to a proposed site change, then an alternative would be sought.

Contracted hours of work for staff are unlikely to change.

They added that like any large organisation, the trust cannot rule out compulsory redundancies.

It is believed that management will first reduce the trust's number of temporary and agency staff.

A spokesperson for SLHT said: "When this happens, staff members will be consulted in line with normal human resourced (HR) practices.

"This means that if there is a change in their terms and conditions, place of work or job role, the trust will follow HR guidelines to make sure that every member of staff is treated fairly and properly.

"Currently, various staff members are going through consultation in order to merge teams successfully across the trust.

"The trust is working with all staff members to ensure that they are not negatively affected by the merger and efforts are made to reach compromises where an individual cannot for whatever reason stay in their current role."

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