Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
North West; Lancashire; Lancashire CC
Location of affected unit(s)
Royal Bolton Hospital
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86.1 - Hospital activities

130 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
30 June 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


About 130 jobs will be cut at Royal Bolton Hospital as part of its attempt to save up to £8m a year.

Bolton Hospitals NHS [National Health Service] Trust said it did not expect to have to make any compulsory redundancies. The trust is putting more than 90 savings projects in place, all of which have been the subject of consultation with staff and staff representatives. It said it would invest £12.8m on additional consultants, midwifery support workers, drugs and equipment. About 3,500 people currently work at the hospital. The trust said the jobs being axed were not needed because people were spending less time in hospital and there was an increased emphasis on providing care in the community which had led to less of a need for manpower. David Fillingham, chief executive, said he believed the programme was essential in helping the hospital provide a high quality service within the means available.

'Let's not forget that the savings are being made in order to invest and improve,' he said.

'The NHS is not a bottomless pit and we owe it to the public to ensure they are getting best value for their money.'

'We have drawn up this programme with the guiding principles of ensuring patient safety and avoiding compulsory redundancies.'

Last year the trust achieved savings of £5.2m and ended the year in balance for the first time in four years.


  • 30 June 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63708, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63708.