STAFF at Mount Vernon Hospital claim they have been told they won't keep their own jobs once it closes.

The hospital, in Worsbrough, will close when a new way of delivering care to those not well enough to be in hospital but not well enough to go home, is implemented.

The new intermediate care service will see a 'halfway house' transition unit at Barnsley Hospital and more people supported at home and in care homes.

But one member of staff, who contacted the Chronicle and wished to remain anonymous, said she was told a meeting on Monday that the only staff transferring permanently to Barnsley Hospital are nurses, health care assistants and physios, and rehabilitation assistants such as herself, will be pulled out and offered other jobs.

She said: "I have put my heart and soul in to the NHS for 11 years. I have gone in on my days off for my patients, during my holidays and I've been contacted by phone while abroad, only to be told this at the end."

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Sean Rayner, district director of SWYFT, said: "We are currently going through a staff consultation about service changes so it wouldn't be appropriate to comment further at this time. Change is always challenging for those staff affected but we are offering support and keeping them informed with regular meetings, briefings, one-to-ones and working with unions. We would like to thank colleagues for continuing to deliver quality services for patients."

Full story in this week's Barnsley Chronicle