WORKFORCE: The primary care trust has received 32 applications for voluntary redundancy, which it estimates could cut its pay bill by more than £1m a year.

A report to NHS Wirral’s 8 February board meeting said that it could receive “a handful” more applications from staff who had expressed interest, but had not yet received their quotes from the pensions agency.

It added: “The potential paybill saving, if all current applications were approved, would be in excess of £1m per annum”.

The voluntary redundancy scheme panel was due to make recommendations to the PCT’s remuneration committee on the same day.