Royal visit to Bolton

HRH The Princess Royal is visiting Bolton today.

Royal visit to Bolton hospital cancelled

Princess Anne's visit to Bolton Hospital has been cancelled.

She was due to tour the hospital's Princess Anne Maternity Unit, which she opened 35 years ago.

Health workers are due to protest outside the hospital after 500 redundancies were announced at Bolton NHS Trust.

It is understood the Princess's visit was cancelled for logistical reasons.

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Protest will co-incide with royal visit

Health workers intend to protest against proposed job cuts when Princess Anne visits the maternity unit at Royal Bolton Hospital.

Bolton NHS Trust is facing hundreds of compulsory redundancies - staff believe these job losses will threaten patient safety and care.

Campaigners claim the maternity unit has already been dealing with 40% more births than commissioners expected.

The Trust currently has a deficit of £12.4 million.

In a statement the Trust said:

We originally estimated that we would potentially need to make savings equivalent to up to 500 whole time posts. We are currently in the middle of consultations with staff about a wide ranging and detailed set of proposals about savings. We are hoping that our initial estimate of potential posts at risk will reduce and are aiming to avoid compulsory redundancies as much as possible by looking at natural turnover of staff, different ways of working, savings in areas such as procurement etc.

All proposals are subject to sign off that they are clinically safe and will not affect the quality of patient care. Please note.. there will be no reduction in midwifery posts and in fact we are currently recruiting.

While we understand that staff are worried about posts potentially going, it is a pity that the Staff Side has chosen to demonstrate at the same time as we have a Royal visit. The visit is the official opening of the extended maternity unit and marks not only significant improvements in facilities for women and babies, but also the hard work by staff to make it happen.

– Bolton NHS Foundation Trust statement.

Princess Royal in Bolton

HRH The Princess royal is to visit Bolton
HRH The Princess royal is to visit Bolton Credit: PA

HRH The Princess Royal will be visiting the Princess Anne Maternity Unit at the Royal Bolton Hospital- 35 years after she opened the unit.

Princess Anne will also officially open the health, leisure and research centre, Bolton One. She will meet Olympic gold medallist Jason Kenny and former Bolton Wanderers player Fabrice Muamba.