York Hospitals Foundation Trust has imposed a management recruitment freeze as part of a package of measures to save £30m over the next three years.

The daily price of car parking at the trust will also double to £2 - a staff suggestion after chief executive Patrick Crowley appealed for money saving and income generation ideas.

We are asking people to think about little things like saving paper, cutting down on colour printer use, and switching computers off

The trust has an annual budget of around £235m and seeks to save just under 5 per cent per year. Mr Crowley explained the pressing financial situation to staff in a briefing letter and a series of meetings at the end of July.

A trust spokeswoman said: “We are looking at a range of ways of making the savings that won’t mean cuts to jobs or services. We have introduced a vacancy freeze on management posts and are looking at cutting big recurring expenditure like bank staff and agency costs.

“But we are also asking people to think about little things like saving paper, cutting down on colour printer use, and switching computers off at weekends rather than leaving them on standby.”

The Royal Berkshire Foundation Trust announced last week it intended to shed up to 600 posts through natural wastage and retirement in an attempt to make £60m savings in the next three years.