Redundancy settlements worth almost £2.3 million were awarded by an NHS Trust last year, new figures have revealed.
According to the Lancashire Evening Post, NHS Central Lancashire - which is the primary care trust for Preston, Chorley and South Ribble - granted this seven-figure sum to laid-off staff during 2010-11.
This represents the highest amount spent on redundancy settlements of any of the Primary Care Trusts based in the north-west of England, with 25 non-clinical professionals losing their jobs so far, along with one clinical staff member.
Meanwhile, a further 13 clinical workers and 29 non-clinical are set to take the organisation's mutually assisted resignation scheme in order to finalise their redundancies.
Tim Ellis, regional organiser for Unison, told the news source: "It is concerning that the NHS is being forced to spend so much on making people redundant rather than improving services."
This comes after the Guardian revealed that the NHS Litigation Authority has set aside some £235.4 million for clinical negligence compensation claims made following birthing errors this year.
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