Redundancy costs health bosses £6m

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Health bosses spent almost £6m in a year on redundancy and severance payments as cash-strapped hospitals shed staff to cut the pay bill.

Figures show 236 employees left Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust in the year up to March 31, at a cost of £5.8m in “exit packages”.

Some of the payoffs ran into six figures, with one employee receiving more than £150,000 to leave the Trust, which had to make budget cuts of around £24m last year to balance the books.

Five others were paid more than £100,000 each, according to figures in Mid Yorkshire’s annual report.

Graham Briggs, director of HR at Mid Yorkshire, said: “The vast majority of our expenditure, nearly 70 per cent, was the cost of our workforce and there fore we could not achieve the required level of savings without reducing the cost of our pay bill.”

Adrian O’Malley, of public sector union Unison, said Mid Yorkshire had shed too many jobs and staffing levels were low.

He said: “This is a waste of public money. Short-staffing is still a major concern.

“They have been spending money on redundancies when those people should still be in a job.”