NHS Cutbacks and Closures

It is becoming apparent that the Labour Government is closing the National Health Service down through it’s incompetence, constant meddling and failure to fund it’s “changes” to the NHS. Here are listed the latest sad events.

(If you know of any NHS cutbacks or closures that we may have missed, please let us know at: Health Direct)

NHS staff job cuts that will run into more than 19,568 have been announced in recent weeks as the NHS struggles to balance the books. Here is a roll call of the latest tragic announcements:

17 November- A&E closure decision
West Hertfordshire NHS Trust, facing a £40m debt, said it is closing Hemel Hempstead Hospital’s A&E department and relocating other services to Watford. Critics said the decision will cost hundreds of jobs and is the result of budget overspends not clinical needs. Trust chief executive David Law said financial constraints were a cause.

23 October- 480 jobs axed
St Helier in Carshalton and Epsom District hospitals announced that up to 170 beds and 480 jobs are to be axed at the two NHS hospitals in Surrey and south-west London as part of a drive to save £24m over the next 18 months.

A newly-merged NHS hospital trust in Nottingham has been given two more years to balance its books and shed hundreds of jobs. Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust includes the Queen’s Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital. Managers said without the extension, they would need to make at least 800 redundancies this financial year.

After a merciful break it now looks as though a new wave of NHS job cuts and closures may be about to happen as financial reviews kickin 6 months after the start of Labour’s latest new red tape process called Payments by Results (PbR): Why PbR is doomed to fail- explained

NHS cutbacks heatmap
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2 August- 200 more NHS jobs axed
Derriford Hospital in Plymouth has announced it is cutting 400 jobs, 200 more than originally planned. The hospital, which has 3,145 nurses and midwives, said there would be some compulsory redundancies, but most jobs would go by not filling vacancies. The biggest hospital in the South West, which is facing a £25m deficit this year, is also planning to cut 50 beds.

26 July- 658 more NHS jobs axed
An NHS trust is to axe 500 jobs in order to save £12m this year, instead of the 342 jobs originally announced. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals said the trust had not made the “financial inroads” it needed to. The trust said more than 100 beds will close, consultant sessions will be reduced, and non-clinical budgets would be cut by up to 15%. When the cuts of more than 300 jobs were originally announced, the trust was setting out to save more than £10m.

City Hospitals Sunderland Foundation Trust plans 500 job cuts said it had to cut 10% of its 5,000 workforce to clear a debt of £5m. The trust, which runs Sunderland Royal Hospital, Ryhope General and Monkwearmouth Hospital, wants to save £20m over the next few years.

21 July- 325 NHS jobs axed
Pennine Acute Trust which runs four hospitals in Greater Manchester announces 325 job cuts.

14 July- 40 NHS jobs axed
Norfolk and Waveney Mental Health Trust to cut up to 40 jobs to deal with a £5m funding shortfall.

July 8- 80 NHS jobs axed
A National Health Service trust that is to be the site of an independent treatment centre run by Bupa has announced up to 80 job cuts as part of a drive to cut its workforce by 250, or 10 per cent. Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust has announced 33 compulsory redundancies and says that it may need 50 more as it tries to save £14m over the next two years to cope with a financial deficit.

7 July- 60 NHS jobs axed
North Devon Hospital, Barnstaple to cut 60 staff, including about 30 nurses.

30 June- 130 NHS jobs axed
Royal Bolton Hospital to cut about 130 jobs to save up to £8m a year. No compulsory redundancies expected.

28 June- 600 NHS jobs axed
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust to cut around 100 jobs to tackle a £27m deficit.

East and North Herts NHS Trust to cut up to 500 job cuts at hospitals in Hertfordshire in order to help make £18m of savings.

29 June- 550 NHS jobs axed
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust said about 100 staff would be made redundant and about 450 would be redeployed to vacancies or other wards as they try to cut a £27m deficit by cutting 150 beds
Last year, the trust axed about 600 jobs. It is anticipating the new cutbacks and changes will help save about £20m in 2007/08.

9 June- 1,100 NHS jobs axed
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS trust, which covers Dewsbury and Wakefield, announced 1,100 posts are to be lost at the hospital trust as it attempts to cut its pay bill by £18m.

27 June 320 NHS jobs axed
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust axes nearly 320 jobs, including 100 among agency staff, to tackle a £15m overspend.

25 May- 600 NHS jobs axed
Oxford Radcliffe NHS Trust is to cut 600 staff cuts as part of its cost-reduction plan to help make £33m in savings.

19 May- Another 150 NHS jobs axed
Up to 150 jobs are to be cut by St George’s Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs St George’s Hospital in Tooting, south London, after it was told to balance its books by the Department of Health.to make an additional £10m of savings. St George’s, which reported a deficit of £11.5m at the end of the last financial year is making the cuts on top of £19m in savings already planned for 2006-7.It reduced its workforce by 300 posts last year.

11 May- 500 NHS jobs axed
A string of community hospitals are to close and up to 500 jobs will be lost to help balance a £38 million deficit, Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said today. The PCTs face a funding gap of £23 million and the county’s NHS provider trusts face a deficit of £15 million. The 36-bed Dilke Memorial Hospital and 21-bed Lydney and District Hospital, the 22-bed Winchcombe Hospital and 20-bed Berkeley Hospital are all set to be closed. Stroud’s Maternity Hospital will close this year as part of the plans. The previously suggested closure of the 86-bed Delancey Hospital in Leckhampton was also confirmed. The beds to go include those already closed at Fairford and Tetbury
The Maternity ward in Cheltenham will also be closed down following on from the recent closure of the Childrens’ ward. Further bed reductions at the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and the Cheltenham General Hospital were also announced.

8 May- 1,000 NHS jobs axed
Key NHS services in Lincolnshire could be moved from Boston and Grantham to Lincoln as A& E departments are closed at nights. Managers need to reduce debts of £17.5m and stem the current overspend of almost £2.5m a month. More than 7,000 people work for the trust and unions fear 1,000 jobs could go when final plans are announced.

5 May- 800 NHS jobs axed
Four hospitals in north Manchester will lose up to 800 jobs as a health trust struggles to cope with a deficit of £21m. The cuts will be made by Pennine Acute Trust at North Manchester General, Royal Oldham, Rochdale Infirmary and the Fairfield General Hospital in Bury.

4 May 200 NHS jobs axed
Up to 200 posts are being cut from the new Great Western Hospital in Swindon. The Swindon and Marlborough NHS Trust which runs the new private finance initiative facility said it needs to save nearly £6m this year.

3 May- 295 NHS jobs axed
95 jobs are to go at Birmingham Women’s Hospital in Metchley Park Road. NHS jobs are to be lost as a West Midlands health trust tries to make savings of £1.5m before its next budget in March 2007.

St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester announced 200 job cuts. The Royal West Sussex NHS Trust has overspent by a total of £40m and had a £14m deficit last year.

2 May- 200 MHS jobs axed
The NHS Blood and Transplant service is set to close three of its 10 blood centres across the country and make 200 redundancies. The service will shut its blood centres in Southampton, Plymouth and Bristol and make significant service reductions at its Birmingham site.

28 April- 650 NHS jobs axed
Up to 650 jobs are to be cut and 190 beds closed by Barking, Redbridge and Havering Hospitals NHS Trust in East London, which said the measure would tackle a £24m deficit as 70% of spending went on staff.

27 April- 80 NHS jobs axed
More than 80 management and administration posts could be lost from two NHS trusts in Wiltshire. Kennet and North Wiltshire Primary Care Trust along with the West Wiltshire Trust made the announcement on Thursday – blaming a savings target of £20m.

26 April- 615 NHS jobs axed
The Ipswich Hospital in Suffolk is looking at axing 105 posts as part of its bid to make £16m of savings.

The flagship Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, which has a deficit of £14.8 million, said it was planning to axe 450 jobs.

Weston General Hospital, in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, said that 60 jobs and 56 beds would go in an effort to save £6 million.

24 April
The East Sussex NHS Hospitals Trust, which runs the Conquest Hospital in Hastings and Eastbourne District General, says up to 250 jobs could be axed in a bid to tackle a £5m deficit.

18 April
Children’s hospitals warn ministers of £22m funding crisis. The chairs and chief executives of Great Ormond Street, Alder Hey, Birmingham and Sheffield hospitals- together the four hospitals form the National Children’s Health Alliance, and they claim the proposed funding will damage the provision of cardiac surgery, neurosurgery and spinal surgery.

13 April- 800 NHS jobs axed
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust is to shed up to 800 jobs at its three Birmingham and Black Country sites, it said at a budget meeting. Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust has an annual budget of £308m, more than 7,000 staff and serves a population of 500,000.

Its budget will fall to £303m in the next financial year and a £3m debt has to be repaid. It said expenditure on staff rose from £180m in 2003/4 to £217m last year.

11 April- 500 NHS jobs axed
The West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust said up to 500 jobs would have to go in the next 12 to 18 months to help tackle debts of £28.6m.

7 April- 200 NHS jobs axed
York Hospital is to cut 200 jobs in a move to save £2.5m. The savings from jobs are part of a wider £7m cost-cutting package.

6 April- 720 NHS jobs axed
The Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust announces 720 losses. It needs to save £30m.

5 April- 300 NHS jobs axed
The Royal United Hospital NHS Trust in Bath announces that 300 jobs are to go.

4 April- 400 NHS jobs axed
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which manages Crawley Hospital and East Surrey Hospital, announces 400 jobs cuts as it tries to reduce a £2m a month overspend and a total debt of £41.2m.

3 April- 160 NHS jobs axed
1,000 NHS Direct jobs to be axed in face of £20m deficit

Up to 160 jobs to go at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent, the trust confirms. It needs to save £11m in 2006-07 and claw back a £1m overspend from last year.

1 April- 1,000 NHS jobs lost
1,000 NHS dentists have left the NHS is protest at the untested Labour new contracts. This figure does not include dental technicians, dental hygenists nor dental therapists.

29 March- 575 NHS jobs axed
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust announces plans to cut 325 posts to save £10m.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital NHS Trust in Woolwich says up to 100 jobs could go to save £10m.

Mid Staffordshire General Hospitals NHS Trust plans to cut more than 150 jobs, to save £10m next year.

28 March
Gloucestershire Health NHS Community confirms plans to close an 86-bed hospital and says jobs may also go.

27 March
The Norwich and Norfolk University Hospital says it will need to make cuts to address a £22m shortfall.

24 March- 74 NHS jobs axed
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust says 74 jobs including 21 specialist specialist nursing jobs are “at risk”.

23 March- 700 NHS jobs axed
East Kent Hospitals Trust gives warning of possible cuts to claw back a £35m deficit.

County Durham and Darlington Acute Hospitals NHS Trust announces up to 700 job cuts over the next three years.

22 March- 670 NHS jobs axed
Queen Mary’s, Sidcup, south-east London says it will consult over the loss of 190 jobs.

The Royal Free Hospital, north-west London, announces 480 posts and 100 beds cut to save £25m and reduce a £13m deficit.

20 March- 800 NHS jobs axed
Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust announces around 200 job cuts to make savings of £22m.

About 300 job losses are announced at Shropshire’s two main hospitals, the Princess Royal Hospital and Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Health chiefs announce 300 job cuts in Wolverhampton to claw back a £38m deficit.

16 March- 1,000 NHS jobs axed
Up to 1,000 jobs to go at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trust, Stoke-on-Trent, with up to 750 compulsory redundancies.

13 March- 185 NHS jobs axed
Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Trust will lose 185 jobs and plans to shut an operating theatre to save £2m.

10 March
The United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which has £17.5m debt, says there will be major job losses.

8 March- 300 NHS jobs axed
Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust, which is facing an £8.1m shortfall, announces it is set to cut 300 staff.

Surrey and Sussex Strategic Health Authority says it is expecting an £83m deficit.

1 March
Selby and York Primary Care Trust announces jobs will have to go as part of a plan to tackle debts of £23.7m.

13 February- 185 NHS jobs axed
The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals trust has identified 185 posts that could go and says 100 of these will be clinical posts, mostly nurses.

3 Comments so far:

  1. I work in the nhs and worry at all the changes. What is going to happen to patients and patient care without the right amount of nursing staff. We hear so much about A andE waiting times. What happens to patients on medical wards who are kept in hospital waiting for 24hour care
    Recently a late shifts have been run by one trained junior staff nurse and three support workers. With a heavy combination of patients with dimentia and acutely ill patients there is a high risk factor. the government are unaware of these conditions. Our work consists of meeting targets.
    ten years down the line they will do a complete turn around. I’ve seen it all before. Nursing students are still coming in to do training but at the end of their three years there are no jobs.

    • Hello
      Thank you for your comments.
      Paper pushing and understaffing seem to be a perennial problem in the NHS.
      Wishing you good luck and the best.
      Dr Search

  2. I was made redundant from the NHS. The large cuts are reported but the 5 here and 2 there are overlooked. Thousands of people have lost their jobs in this way. It doesn’t matter what positive spin is put on cuts, few people mean larger inefficiencies, poorer service and potentially higher numbers of mistakes. My doctors surgery was recently bought by a larger consortium. They immediately cut hours of opening to 9-6, but I work, so I find it hard to get an appointment, and have to take time off work. Yesterday I heard that they are closing during the afternoons, so open from 9-1. I am really disturbed by this decision. I can go to one of the consortium surgeries, but it is a 20 minute drive (longer in rush hour) in the other direction from my work, which will severly impact on my ability to get to the surgery. I already don’t go when I really should due to pressures of work and inconvenient service, this will make it much worse. I feel frustrated by inability to do anything about this. People’s health will suffer – it’s a false economy, but I suppose the Doctor’s profits won’t be adversely impacted, just their users.

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