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'No redundancies' at new QE hospital in Birmingham

The Prince of Wales with staff at the Centre for Defence Medicine
Image caption Prince Charles met staff at the Centre for Defence Medicine on a recent visit

None of the 6,700 staff at Birmingham's new £545m hospital will be made redundant as a result of NHS cuts, its chief executive has said.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital started admitting patients in June.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust claims to have cut management costs by 17% - and increased the number of doctors and nurses.

Chief executive Julie Moore told BBC WM's Hard Talk series her organisation had been "very disciplined" for years.

The hospital in Edgbaston replaces Selly Oak and the old Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham's last purpose-built acute unit which opened in 1937.

'Very prudent'

The complex has 1,213 beds - about the same as the combined capacity of the old hospitals - and 30 operating theatres.

Ms Moore said: "We've been very prudent and we've been very disciplined in our financial spend for years now and that's a discipline that goes throughout the organisation.

"People are very focused on getting value for money out of supplies, making sure we work efficiently and we've not made people redundant in the organisation - and we have no intentions of doing so at the moment.

"We've invested to save. We've got one of the most advanced IT clinical systems in the country and possibly in the world."

Ms Moore added: "The move has gone exceptionally well - better than we could have expected.

"We moved 500 patients in essentially three days."

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