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Primary Health Care: North East

Health written question – answered on 27th June 2012.

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Photo of Nick Brown Nick Brown Labour, Newcastle upon Tyne East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his policy is on the issue of redundancy notices to primary health care NHS employees in the north-east; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

Primary care trusts (PCTs) are employers in their own right and as such are responsible for the appropriate management of potential redundancies in their organisations. Employers who propose to make 20 or more employees redundant at one establishment over a period of 90 days or less have a statutory duty to consult relevant trade unions. The length of a redundancy notice is dependent on an individual's contractual notice period.

Work continues with national health service trade unions and staff to keep the need for compulsory redundancies to a minimum and avoid the loss of valuable and experienced staff from the NHS.

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