WORKFORCE: Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has announced plans to make 41 members of staff compulsorily redundant.

The mental health trust has issued the affected Agenda for Change employees working in dementia and complexities later in life services with notices of redundancy, reducing staff numbers from 178 to 137.

The trust said some of the staff would be offered extended notice periods of three to 12 months, to give them time to find alternative roles within the trust.

The initial Trust Service Strategy consultation, which ended on January 21, included proposals to cut 50 doctors’ posts by 2016, including 33 per cent of consultants and 40 per cent of staff, associate specialists and specialty doctors.

The British Medical Association has expressed concern that the staff cuts would lead to a decline in the quantity and quality of services and put patient safety at risk.