- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Care New England says it has laid off 58 workers in a bid to cut costs.

The hospital group announced the layoffs in a statement Tuesday.

Care New England President and CEO Dennis Keefe says labor represents 70 percent of the cost of health care. He says layoffs are a “last resort.”

Care New England says most of the positions were based at Memorial Hospital, which employs approximately 900 people.

The group announced last month a plan to scale back services at the hospital by eliminating positions and closing its maternity ward and intensive care unit.

It says the most recent layoffs are unrelated to the proposed restructuring of the hospital.

The group says it’s worked over the past month to decrease costs and increase revenue across the system.

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