Permanent staff to be redeployed and many could join community services

NOBODY will be forced to lose their job should the closure of Crumhaugh House be given the go-ahead.

That was the message from NHS Borders chief executive Calum Campbell who said all staff on permanent contracts would be redeployed elsewhere within the service, in line with NHS Scotland’s policy of no compulsory redundancies.

And he intimated that many would be in the posts created by the improved community services proposed.

It is understood several members of staff have already been moved to other parts of the Borders and further afield.

And Mr Campbell has defended a decision to pay bus fares for those forced to travel to their new posts.

He said: “Members of staff being redeployed comes with a cost. Do we think that’s wrong or do we decide we’re happy to pay a bit more money and pay that person’s travel costs to get to work. I make no apology because I think that’s the right thing to do.”