UPDATED: Ottawa Hospital to lay off more staff

The Ottawa Hospital is being forced to make cuts in order to balance its 2014-2015 budget.

In a release, the hospital says up to 80 full-time equivalent positions could be affected; of those positions, 29 are currently vacant and would be eliminated.

Three full-time equivalents in nursing, 13.5 in unionized administrative and support services, seven other health professionals and 27.5 non-unionized administrative positions will be cut.

Layoff notices will be issued to unionized staff. According to the hospital, these notices don't necessarily mean employees will leave the hospital; they will either be redeployed or be offered early retirement or voluntary exit packages.

The Hospital's CEO Jack Kitts says last year, 290 positions were cut; of those, only six employees ended up leaving involuntarily.

He says lack of increases in hospital budgets across the province are posing a challenge to hospitals to rethink the way they provide care to provide the same quality for its patients with less staff on the ground.

Kitts says of the $20 million being cut, 40 per cent of that is in staffing.

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