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BBC News: Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust to cut 90 posts

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Nikki Fox and Nic Rigby of the BBC report:

An NHS trust caring for mentally ill people in Norfolk and Suffolk which was placed in special measures by a care watchdog, is planning to cut 90 posts.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust wants to cut its deficit from £8.9m in 2015-16 to £6.1m in 2016-17.

The trust says in its report it hopes most posts can be cut through “non-essential” vacant posts being left unfilled.

But Unison claimed it would have a “dramatic impact on services”

The trust had planned to cut 135 posts, but said that it had now reduced that figure to 90.

Anne Humphrys, from the Campaign to Save Mental Health Services in Norfolk and Suffolk, said: “The trust is in special measures because it was rated inadequate.

“Further cuts is no way going to improve the service. There are not enough staff to meet the needs of the service at present.”

Jeff Keighley, of the Unison union, said staff were “trying to run a service without the adequate resources and for them it’s quite frightening”.

He added: “It will have a dramatic impact on services.”

The foundation trust said it did not plan to make any compulsory redundancies.

It was placed in special measures by the Care Quality Commission in 2015 when it was described as “not a safe… service”.

Let’s wait for the standard NSFT Comms response: to deny its own written plans once they become public.

Life continues as normal on Fantasy Island.

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BBC News Norfolk and Suffolk mental health trust to cut 90 posts

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