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by Brendon Nafziger , DOTmed News Associate Editor
Siemens AG could cut as many as 1,600 jobs from its health care business, including up to 8 percent of its diagnostics group, according to reports Wednesday.

In an interview with Swiss newspaper Finanz & Wirtschaft, CFO Michael Sen said the diagnostics group, which makes blood and urine testing systems, had underperformed. He said they would likely cut between 6 and 8 percent of its 15,000 global workforce, according to accounts of the interview given by MarketWatch and Bloomberg.

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