Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
West Midlands; Shropshire and Staffordshire; Stoke-on-Trent
Location of affected unit(s)
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86.1 - Hospital activities

800 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
16 March 2006
Employment effect (start)
16 March 2006
Foreseen end date
16 March 2007


Staff at a North Staffordshire NHS trust have been told 1,000 jobs could be lost as managers try to reduce debts of 17 million GBP. It is thought three quarters of the redundancies at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire in Stoke-on-Trent could be compulsory. An estimated 370 of the posts will be nurses and midwives. Vacant posts may not be filled to help reduce staffing and 15 consultant posts could be cut. The Department of Health said it was reassured services would not be cut.

On 16 March 2007, one year after the announced cut of 1,000 jobs it was announced that 800 jobs have been lost. It said only 40 compulsory losses had been made with other posts being lost through unfilled vacancies, natural wastage and voluntary redundancies.

A spokesman said the hospital needed to save 20 million GBP in the next financial year, but had not identified where 7 million GBP of these savings would be made. The hospital has closed 145 beds as part of its cost-cutting measures and has said more post closures are possible.


  • 16 March 2007: BBC News Website
  • 16 March 2006: BBC News Website
  • 17 March 2006: The Guardian


Eurofound (2006), North Staffordshire NHS trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63147, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63147.