More NHS 
staff face axe in bid to cut costs

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YORKSHIRE’S 15 primary care trusts and the regional health authority are due to be abolished in March.

Figures show the cost of departures in the sector was £13.1m in 2011-12, half the £26.1m paid out the previous year.

A total of 271 staff received exit deals at an average cost of £48,200. Some 706 staff were axed in 2010-11 at an average cost of £36,900.

Four executives received pay-outs worth more than £200,000.

The highest award went to an unnamed manager at NHS Yorkshire and Humber who was handed £326,000.

The chief operating officer at NHS Barnsley, Steve Wainwright, received £321,000, while another unnamed official at the PCT was given £210,000.

Simon Kirk, director of strategy and transition at NHS Sheffield, received £231,000 on his departure.