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Pharmaceutical site jobs to be axed

Friday March 18th 2011

Up to 550 jobs are to go at a UK site of a Swiss pharmaceuticals firm.

Novartis has announced plans to cut its workforce at Horsham, West Sussex, where it employs around 950 workers.

Novartis will shed manufacturing, administration and research and development jobs but keep its respiratory research team at the site. However, the firm is to maintain its other major manufacturing sites in Grimsby, Liverpool and Dundee.

Sue Webb, general manager for the UK and Ireland, said: "Novartis is continuously evaluating its resource allocation to ensure that the organisation is highly flexible and able to proactively adapt to external challenges which best meet the needs of its customers.

"With significant changes in healthcare systems aimed to contain or cut cost, this critical assessment and the subsequent potential changes to the Novartis UK organisation are key to maintaining significant investment in innovative drugs and our research efforts in the UK."

Copyright © Press Association 2011

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