The merger of two major hospitals across Birmingham and the Black Country will see staff numbers cut by nearly 900 workers, a new report reveals.
Nearly 899 fewer health workers and 255 less beds will be needed at the new hospital in Grove Lane, Smethwick, an updated business case shows.
Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust chiefs say many of workforce reductions will come with plans to help staff find jobs in neighbouring areas, natural turnover and retirements
It comes after the cost of the hospital to replace Winson Green’s City and West Bromwich’s Sandwell hospitals has already been slashed from £484 million to £370 million.
The scaled down plans were going before NHS West Midlands health authority board members at an extraordinary meeting today to gain investment approval ahead of the Government’s spending review.
John Adler, trust chief executive, said: “There have been some changes to the services that will be in the new hospital and those that will be in the Community Hospitals.
“We have been working hard to ensure the plans are right and that our services are being provided from the most appropriate places.
“Our long term aim is to reduce the amount of time people spend in hospital and provide a range of alternative care that keeps them healthier for longer and provides better care in their homes and in the community.”
Other changes will see Birmingham Treatment Centre, the Midland Eye Centre and Sheldon Block all remain at the City Hospital site and the emergency services centre and Block One at Sandwell Hospital for outpatients appointments.
This is the second time plans have been down-sized. City and Sandwell hospitals currently have 1,000 beds and original plans in 2004 saw this change to 969 hospital beds and 288 in community hospitals - a total of 1,257.
But the latest review plans for 666 hospital beds and 129 community ones, a total of 795.
The trust was criticised earlier this year for making around 40 redundancies and not replacing 280 posts in order to make £20 million savings in the coming year.
The hospital will be built through a 30 year mortgage style Private Finance Initiative (PFI).