Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
South East; Kent;
Location of affected unit(s)
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86.1 - Hospital activities

300 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
31 May 2006
Employment effect (start)
1 April 2007
Foreseen end date


Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust are to cut 300 jobs to tackle a deficit of more than £16m. The trust said cuts would be made by reducing use of bank and agency staff. Permanent staff would not be affected and there would be no redundancies. The trust issued a statement on Wednesday (31 May 2006)saying it was 'looking to mirror best practice nationally around the NHS'.

The statement said the trust would also ensure patients were discharged efficiently and did not spend time in hospital unnecessarily as part of measures to save £16.7m this financial year.

It was also looking at how services were provided across its three hospital sites in order to seek out and introduce the most modern practices with the ultimate goal of raising standards of care for patients and developing better ways of working for the staff. Posts will be cut by April 2007 at the three hospital sites. The trust employs about 4,800 staff.


  • 31 May 2006: BBC Website


Eurofound (2006), Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63573, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63573.