STRUCTURE Norfolk and Suffolk Foundation Trust has announced plans to cut 41 staff posts as it embarks on a controversial restructure which will see hundreds more jobs go.

The trust’s dementia and complexity in later life service team will be reduced from 178 to 137 with 41 employees facing redundancy.

The move is part of a restructure which the trust says will affect around 500 out of 2,128 posts and 20 per cent of its inpatient beds by 2016.

A trust statement said: “This does not mean all these staff will immediately leave the trust. This is the start of a huge, complex set of changes which could mean staff use their skills and experience in a different way or in different service.

“The trust has always been very clear that it wishes to minimise the number of redundancies as much as possible.”

Both doctors and commissioners have raised concerns about the plans.