Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
East of England; East Anglia; Norfolk
Location of affected unit(s)
Norfolk; Norwich.
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86.1 - Hospital activities

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


Up to 450 jobs could be axed at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital this year as part of plans to reduce a £14.8m budget deficit. The trust board said a lower than expected national pay deal for NHS [National Health Service] staff had reduced its predicted £22m shortfall for 2006/7 by more than £7m. Managers said savings could be made by cutting pay and costs or reducing staff numbers currently standing at 5,600. The trust's chairman David Prior said he hoped many of the jobs would be lost through natural wastage.

He said: 'No-one in this hospital sits on their backsides doing nothing. We want to keep as many staff as we possibly can.'

In a statement the trust said: 'We believe that if we took no other action to reduce pay and other costs we would need to lose approximately 450 posts during this year. To reduce this number we need to significantly reduce the pay bill. There are a number of ways of doing this including better management of sickness and greater flexibility around rosters, shift patterns and out of hours working for all staff groups.'



Eurofound (2006), Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63421, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63421.