Almost 1,000 jobs could be lost at Huddersfield and Calderdale hospitals as part of a plan which could also close Huddersfield’s A&E department.
The hospital shake-up plan is expected to save NHS services in Huddersfield and Halifax £280m by 2022.
But the proposal could result in the closure of Huddersfield Royal Infirmary’s (HRI) accident and emergency department, with emergency services transferred to Calderdale Royal Hospital (CRH).
The job losses figure appeared in a consultation document published by Greater Huddersfield and Calderdale clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), which manage local NHS services.
The report estimates that the workforce at the two hospitals will be reduced from 5,570 to 4,606 by 2022.
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Some 567 of the jobs will be lost as an ‘annual efficiency requirement’ for the hospitals trust, which is expected to end this financial year £21m in the red.
The remaining 234 will disappear under ‘strategic initiatives’ and the reconfiguration of services.
Some jobs would be transferred to other NHS providers while others would be lost through retirements and employees leaving to start work elsewhere.
No redundancies are expected.
The report said: “No redundancy costs have been included in reconfiguration costs in the financial case, despite the projected reduction in whole time equivalent (jobs) arising from the reconfiguration.
“Instead, it is assumed that business as usual turnover of staff, currently at 15.4%, will be sufficient to achieve the necessary reduction in WTEs without the need for redundancies.”