Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
West Midlands; West Midlands; Birmingham
Location of affected unit(s)
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
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
18 April 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Nearly 300 doctors and nurses are to lose their jobs at three West Midlands hospitals. Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the City, Sandwell and Rowley Regis hospitals, is cutting 800 jobs to save up to £20m. Also affected are 43 senior managers, 170 health care assistants, 224 clerical staff and 77 other staff, including physiotherapists.

The trust, which has more than 7,000 staff and serves a population of 500,000, has imposed a freeze on vacancies and asked staff to consider voluntary redundancy or early retirement. It said its annual budget of £308m would fall to £303m in the next financial year and a £3m debt had to be repaid.


  • 18 April 2006: BBC News Website


Eurofound (2006), Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63366, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63366.