Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86 - Human health activities

1,200 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
22 September 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Nestor Healthcare, the medical staffing company, is laying off 1,200 people after its failed bet that changes to the contracts of General Practitioners would lead to more private sector work covering out-of-hours calls. The company unveiled a restructuring plan that will result in the closure of a fifth of its branches across the country and its state-of-the-art call centre in Sheffield. The workforce will shrink from 4,700 to 3,500. In total, 51 Nestor branches will close, with the bulk of the job losses - 800 - falling at the Primecare branch network. Some 250 jobs will also go in Sheffield with the closure of one of two call centres built to accommodate the expected demand for out-of-hours doctors. Nestor is keeping open the centre in Birmingham.


  • 23 September 2004: The Guardian


Eurofound (2004), Nestor Healthcare, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 60531, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/60531.