WORKFORCE: NHS Leicester City and NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland are slashing 106 posts as part of management cost reductions.

Staff, unions and stakeholders had all been asked to comment on the proposals as part of a 90-day consultation period which started in October.

It followed an announcement that the two primary care trusts were set to share a single chief executive and senior management team as part of national plans to reduce the number of NHS managers.

It is envisaged that the savings generated as a result of redundancies will amount to around £6m annually.

Joint chief executive Catherine Griffiths said: “Any redundancies are always regrettable but we need to reduce our management costs so that we can help the NHS budget stretch further.

“That is important as we face up to the inevitable financial challenges that lie ahead. It has been a difficult time for our staff but I have been really impressed with the resilience and commitment they have all shown.”