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Saturday 22 September 2018

Mater to cut 95 jobs as private patients dip

THE Mater Private Hospital is seeking applications for voluntary redundancies from staff across the board, blaming a fall- off in people with private insurance policies.

The Dublin hospital has revealed that it hopes to secure 95 voluntary redundancies from its current 980 staff roster.

And it has implicated the Government's budgetary decisions as a factor in the losses.

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It cited the decision in the last budget to reduce tax relief on private insurance, arguing that it may cause a further drop in patients with private policies.

The hospital has not specified that it is seeking job losses in any specific department. Instead, it is understood that the scheme has been opened to all staff.

A spokesperson told the Herald that discussions with unions would follow. In a statement, the hospital said the decision has been made "against the background of ongoing challenges in the healthcare sector". "There has been a significant reduction in the number of people with health insurance," the statement said.

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