Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
South East; Berkshire; Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire
Location of affected unit(s)
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86.1 - Hospital activities

600 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
5 August 2010
Employment effect (start)
5 August 2010
Foreseen end date
31 December 2014


Reading's largest employer, the Royal Berkshire Hospital, has announced it will cut up to 600 jobs by 2015 as part of a plan to save £60m, despite the fact that funding for the NHS as a whole is being ring-fenced. Chief executive Edward Donald said the majority of the cuts would come from backroom posts, including human resources, not frone-line staff. Alistair Maclean, from the Independent Democratic Union (IDU) said that the cuts will have a "devastating impact on health service in Berkshire. There is a myth that we can make savings without affecting front-line staff."



Eurofound (2010), Royal Berkshire Hospital, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 70802, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70802.