WORKFORCE: The foundation’s board has agreed plans to cut staff numbers by 232 to save £4.5m on pay over the next three years, its 2011-12 business plan shows.

The estimated figure breaks down to a reduction of 84 whole time equivalent posts this year, and 74 in each of the subsequent years.

The plan states: “These figures indicate reductions in staffing based on costs should alternative methods of savings not be realised. The plan to protect posts by achieving savings is based on achievement of, for example, reduced pay protection arrangements and substantial reduction and maintenance of a reduction in sickness absence rates.”

It adds: “The next twelve months and beyond will be an increasingly challenging time for the trust’s workforce.

“The changes resulting from the national Operating Framework, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS and the outcome of the consultation paper Developing the NHS Workforce, coupled with the need to make efficiency savings of 5 per cent, will inevitably have an impact on the workforce both in the way we deliver care and the numbers of staff we have available to deliver services.”