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Jobs at risk due to rising energy bills

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VOL: 102, ISSUE: 36, PAGE NO: 3

Jobs watch 5 September 2006

Jobs watch 5 September 2006

Unions have slammed a trust that is blaming a fresh round of job cuts on rising energy prices and accounting problems.

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust has already cut 150 posts to save £7m but chief executive Andrew Pike has said 100 more could go.

The trust said last week that it must save another £7m after an audit of its accounts predicted more deficits in this financial year.

It needs to save £2.5m to cover energy price hikes and is reviewing senior nursing posts and a private finance initiative scheme to relocate services to its Broomfield Hospital headquarters.

RCN policy adviser Colin Beacock said: ‘We have reached a bad situation when a lack of planning for energy costs can impact on the workforce.’

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