Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
East Midlands; Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire; Nottingham
Location of affected unit(s)
Queen's Medical Centre; Nottingham City Hospital
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86.1 - Hospital activities

1,200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 May 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


After an initial announcement in May that 1,200 jobs are to go due to the merger of two hospitals in Nottingham, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust has confirmed this news. The merger of Nottingham City Hospital and Queen's Medical Centre, part of Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, will also involve the loss of 186 beds. Unions fear the cutbacks at Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen's Medical Centre could affect patient care. Consultants, nurses, clerical staff and management are all affected. The hospital trust says it accepts this is an unsettling time for staff but says the changes will be made as quickly as possible. The public sector union Unison fears the cuts will have an adverse effect on patients and essential services will be lost. The Trust's Chief Executive, Peter Homa, said:

'We have to think differently about how we can deliver safe services to our patients within the context of the financial challenges that all trusts now face.'

'For example, there is a move towards delivering more services out in the community, so we will need fewer hospital beds as patients are able to access certain aspects of their healthcare nearer to home.'

Ravi Subramanian from the union Unison said:

'We said there would be job losses as the result of this merger and it's really sad to see that these aren't back-room job losses, these are front-line job losses.'


  • 15 May 2006: BBC News
  • 4 August 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Nottingham University Hospitals NHS trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63513, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63513.