Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
West Midlands; Herefordshire; Worcestershire and Warwickshire
Location of affected unit(s)
Worcester; Redditch; Kidderminster
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86.1 - Hospital activities

720 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
6 April 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Hundreds of jobs are to go at NHS hospitals in Worcestershire. The 720 positions are being axed in an attempt to balance the books at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which needs to save £30m. One in seven staff at the county's three hospitals will be lost. Trust chairman Michael O'Riordan said: 'It looks as if we have ended 2005/6 with an overspend of around £5.5m which is very disappointing.But far more serious is a massive and unprecedented shortfall between what we expect to get paid in 2006/7 and what we know it would cost us to provide our services in the way we currently do.'

The job losses proposal is subject to consultation with staff and is expected to save the trust about £8m this financial year and £16m in the next one, starting April 2007.



Eurofound (2006), Worcester Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63301, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63301.