Sweden’s Karolinska University hospital, one of the biggest in Europe, has announced that it’s to cut 900 jobs.
The hospital statement said that the job losses would be spread over its sites in the greater Stockholm region with most of the reductions coming through retirement, a freeze on hiring new staff, and by not extending the contracts of temporary workers. It did say though that job losses would also be inevitable.
The hospital currently employes just under 16 thousand people and the redundancies would represent a 6 percent cut in the total workforce.
The hospital said that its normal turnover was around 1,500 employees a year and it hoped to save 170 million kronor in 2009 from the cuts.