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Clerical job cuts not ruled out after hospitals merge

PUBLISHED: 17:31 14 October 2009 | UPDATED: 09:10 12 August 2010

HOSPITAL bosses cannot rule out compulsory redundancies after the merging of clerical teams across three sites. Bosses at South

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

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

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

A spokesperson for the Trust 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 they couldn't rule out compulsory redundancies. It is believed they will first reduce the number of temporary and agency staff.

A spokesperson for SLHT said: 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.

"All clerical workers are not being put at risk. 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.

"For example; if a service is moving from one site to another and a staff member did not wish to work at the different location, the Trust would seek to redeploy the staff member in a different dept on the original site."

n Have you been affected? Contact the newsroom on 0208 269 7012 or e-mail marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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