Horizon Health has announced it will be laying off more than two dozen nurses and eliminating another two dozen vacant positions at several New Brunswick hospitals.

The layoffs involve eight surgery and orthopedics units.

Twenty-eight nurses are being laid off across four hospitals. As well, another 19 staff will have work hours adjusted and 27 vacant positions have been eliminated.

Horizon said there will be 47 new positions created.

“While we understand it can be difficult for those whose work hours are affected, the likelihood of an employee not having work due to workforce adjustments in Horizon is very low,” the health network said in a news release.

“All affected employees have the first opportunity to be placed in full-time, part-time or temporary vacancies as well as first choice on any casual shifts.”

The changes are part of the second phase of plans to cut costs in light of a $22-million spending reduction in the upcoming year.

It's expected up to $300,000 will be saved.