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Jobs axe plan at FOUR hospitals

PUBLISHED: 12:15 22 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:50 25 August 2010

MORE than 50 jobs could be slashed at hospitals earmarked for service cuts.

MORE than 50 jobs could be slashed at hospitals earmarked for service cuts.

An email leaked to the Times told staff last Wednesday about plans to transfer financial posts from four hospitals in Bromley, Bexley, Woolwich and Lewisham.

The move was decided by the Joint Committee of the Outer South East London Trusts, the health committee who decide the future of A&E services in the area.

Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, is losing 14 posts to NHS Shared Business Services (SBS) - a joint organisation between the Department of Health and private company Xansa.

This comes two months before a decision is due to be made in July about whether the hospital in Frognal Avenue is to lose it's A&E and maternity wards.

Another 44 posts are to be scrapped at Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH), Farnborough, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich and University Hospital, Lewisham.

One member of staff at Queen Mary's said: "This is how you repay staff who have worked for you for 35 years."

Jobs to go at Queen Mary's are in accounts, financial ledgers and payroll.

The hospital is expected to retain a small amount of payroll staff on site to act as a liaison between the hospital and SBS.

A spokesperson for PRUH said: "We value our staff here and we will try and redeploy them."

Anthony Sumara, chief executive of the Joint Committee said: "After an extensive business case examination that shows the large saving that could be made, the Joint Committee of the four Trusts has agreed to move to a single external Payroll and Finance and Accounting Services for all four trusts. This will take some months to action.

"This has implications for our current much valued staff, and every effort will be made to retain them in other suitable jobs within their organisations. A full consultation process will be run with the members of staff affected."

l COUNCILLORS were furious when a report on proposed healthcare cuts was delayed.

Health committee, A Picture Of Health, commissioned consultancy group Matrix to produce an Integrated Impact Assessment on proposals to downgrade hospital services in the area.

The report, which was due to be published last Thursday was only given to councillors of the Statutory Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee on Tuesday, at Woolwich Town Hall.

The committee includes councillors from all the boroughs affected by the proposals including Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich and West Kent.

They are due to formally respond to the consultation run by A Picture of Health by report which is due to be submitted by next Friday.

The committee also have the power to appeal against the final decision, due to be taken in July.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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