Gransha jobs move meeting

The loss of scores of jobs at the Western Health Trust in Derry will be discussed at a meeting in the city this evening.

Currently each of the five health trusts has its own administration department which includes payroll and human resources.

However, as part of a reorganisation of administration staff, four new “centres of expertise” are to be created across the North.

As a result, staff who currently work in the Western Health Trust’s payroll department in Derry will be expected to travel to Belfast which will become the new payroll centre.

All human resources staff will be based in Armagh, with finance payments in Ballymena and finance income in Omagh.

Staff who do not want to move will be offered retraining in a different area but, if that is not appropriate, voluntary redundancy will be offered in individual cases.

It’s been suggested that, as things stand, up to 60 jobs could go in Derry.

Health Minister Edwin Poots launched the reorganisation plan last month.

Shane Devlin, of the Business Services Transformation Project, recently confirmed the process would begin at the end of 2012.

“I think it is clear that the total number of posts that we will need to have to deliver the new service will be less than the total number of posts we have at the minute,” he said.

Mr Devlin said he wanted to manage the project so there was not “a situation where people will be made redundant”.

This evening’s meeting will take place in Altnagelvin Lecture Theatre 3 at the MDEC at 7 p.m.