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He also questioned how the fire service could put the 102 full-time positions down to natural wastage.
It means we have less chance for natural wastage and with the economy as it is, there's less chance of people finding other jobs.
However, the North East has only seen its workforce trimmed slightly through natural wastage and we are not expecting any major cuts going forward, considering the amount of work we are bidding for in the region.
However, 23% of survey participants believe that they may have to reduce headcount beyond natural wastages over the next 12 months.
The reason why we are announcing this now is so we can manage it through natural wastage so that when it comes to happen there will be far fewer than 1,203 staff losing their jobs.
Chief executive Tim Bowdler, inset, said the 400 jobs had gone mainly by natural wastage.
Natural wastage runs at 4 per cent to 5 per cent each year and the report said savings could be made if half the posts which become vacant every year were not filled.
Mr Newbold said that, although the amount of cash in total was the equivalent of 1,600 posts in four years, the savings would be found through various means including becoming more efficient in the way its hospitals - Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull - worked, retirements and natural wastage.
A combination of natural wastage and forced redundancies led to the marked and accelerated rate of job shedding.
First, when the bank ran into trouble and now with the job losses, which will be phased over three years, although it remains to be seen if they will include natural wastage.
The trust has insisted no nurses will lose their jobs, with posts going through natural wastage and others being redeployed throughout the trust.
This may be difficult, as duties are being cut through voluntary redundancies and natural wastage to save money.