Jobs at risk at Portsmouth’s Queen Alexandra Hospital

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UP TO 99 jobs could go at Queen Alexandra Hospital, The News can reveal.

All staff - including doctors and nurses - at the Cosham hospital have been invited to apply for voluntary redundancy by the end of the month.

But if too few come forward, hospital bosses says they will have to start making compulsory redundancies.

The job cuts are a results of Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs QA, having to make £30.5m worth of savings this financial year - and facing less income as health care is moved out of acute hospitals and into the community.

With workforce accounting for almost 70 per cent of the trust’s expenditure, chief executive Ursula Ward said the trust has been forced to take the redundancy route.

She said: ‘It’s not a nice thing to have to do, and understandably there will be some anxiety in the trust. That’s why we want to get through the process fairly quickly.

‘We don’t want to have to do this but we have to make £30.5m worth of savings and the workforce is our biggest expenditure.’

She added: ‘We cannot say there will not be more in a couple of months time.’

Staff have until Friday, April 29 to express an interest in voluntary redundancy.

All applications will then be looked at and hospital bosses will decide if they are positions the trust can afford to lose.

It is not yet known how much the redundancies will save the trust.

The hospital trust has already saved millions in the past year through job cuts and natural staff turnover.

Last financial year it announced 99 jobs would be cut, but only 67 were in fact axed.

A national mutually agreed resignation scheme came later in 2010 when 31 staff voluntarily came forward to leave their jobs.