Hospital payroll jobs could go

JOBS for payroll staff at Ipswich hospital could be on the line because the service is being moved to Birmingham.United Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust is to take over the contract in November.

JOBS for payroll staff at Ipswich hospital could be on the line because the service is being moved to Birmingham.

United Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust is to take over the contract in November.

Ten staff look to be affected by the move, after the current company holding the contract decided they no longer wanted it.

However Jennifer Jones, director of human and corporate resources at Ipswich Hospital said that the Trust was trying to find all their staff jobs within the trust.


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She said: "We hope we are going to redeploy as many staff as possible.

"The staff are being offered one to one support to look at their skills.

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"Most of them have very transferable skills.

"We are working very closely with them and UNISON."

Contact has been made with other health partners to request that consideration is given to Trust staff when suitable vacancies arise.

Mrs Jones said that the problems had started when one company who used to do the payroll went bankrupt.

Another company had to be brought in but Mrs Jones said that because of the NHS being modernised companies were reluctant to take on a system which would soon change.

Mrs Jones said that the first priority was to make sure that their staff were paid and after meetings it was decided that the contract should be put out to tender.

She said that The United hospital in Birmingham also took on a number of payroll contracts from around the country.

The Trust board will consider her report at a public board meeting held on Thursday.

It is being held in the seminar room at Ipswich Hospital Trust Headquarters at 11am.

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