North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Northwick Park Hospital, predicts it will be£2m in deficit by the end of this financial year. It said it would have to make savings of£32m by March 2010 to balance its books.
Last year, it raised around£5m from selling land. Board papers, published late last month, showed it was seeking to identify more land to sell.
Meanwhile, staff have been informed that the workforce is to be reduced to save money. The board report shows that the trust has already overspent on its wage budget by£1.8m this financial year.
Nursing Times understands that staff were informed last month that up to 400 posts were to be made redundant. This was later revised to 277.
A meeting between unions and management is expected to provide further details this week. No details of how nursing staff might be affected are available.
Peter Nzekwe, Unison branch secretary, said: ‘We had a staff side meeting two weeks ago, where they said they would need to make savings and it could affect up to 400 posts. They came up with a figure last week, which was 238, then they changed it to 277.’
A trust spokesperson said: ‘We cannot rule out some reductions in the number of posts but specific details have not been decided as yet. We will not be making 400 redundancies.’ The trust also runs Central Middlesex Hospital in Park Royal and St Mark’s Hospital in Harrow.
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