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EIGHT beds are to be closed at Ilkeston Community Hospital as part of ‘improvements’ being made by Derbyshire Community Health services – leaving staff fearing for their future after workers contacted the Advertiser saying they were being forced to re-apply for their jobs as part of the changes.

One staff member, who did not want to be named, said: “The local community need to know about this because it will have an impact on them.

“People in Ilkeston value the hospital but now there will be less beds meaning local people will be on wards in Derby or Nottingham.

“We’ve been told we’ll have to re-apply for our jobs now that there won’t be as many patients so no need for as many staff.”

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