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Care workers to drop hours or buy more holidays

CASH-strapped Solihull NHS Care Trust is offering staff the chance to reduce their working-hours in a bid to save money.

CASH-strapped Solihull NHS Care Trust is offering staff the chance to reduce their working-hours in a bid to save money.

As the public sector feels the squeeze, health bosses have identified £3.2m worth of savings.

Now workers are being offered the chance to drop their hours or buy up extra holiday.

One employee, who did not want to be named, contacted the Solihull News - having had a meeting with bosses last Friday.

She said there was a lot of bad feeling and changes in recent months.

“There have been a lot of managers go and a lot of changes across the departments,” she said.

But a spokewoman for Solihull NHS Care Trust insisted that the latest proposals were strictly voluntary.

“One of the ways we’re looking to save money is offering staff the chance to change their hours or take extra holiday.

“But obviously the work still has to be done and we must stress that this won’t affect front-line services.”

Like many health trusts, Solihull has had to tighten its belt and fears are growing about the Government’s own spending-cuts.

 

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