Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86 - Human health activities

850 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 September 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
31 December 2004


The high street retailer Boots today announced the loss of 850 jobs as it halted its laser eye correction, dentistry, chiropody and laser hair removal services. These new closures also include plans to drop most of its 54 dental practices, at locations including Reading, Bolton, Bournemouth, Manchester and York, by the end of the year. These cuts are in addition to the January 2004 staff at Boot's head office in Nottingham who lost their jobs and the 2,200 job losses in 2003. However, Boots, which employs 60,000 people, has plans to open around 60 new stores and add around 3,000 jobs in the year 2004-2005.


  • 15 September 2004: The Guardian


Eurofound (2004), Boots, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 60521, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60521.