Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
East of England; Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire; Hertfordshire
Location of affected unit(s)
Hertford; Stevenage; Welwyn Garden City
Health / Social Work
Human Health Services And Activities
Human Health Activities
86.1 - Hospital activities

500 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
28 June 2006
Employment effect (start)
4 September 2006
Foreseen end date


Up to 500 job cuts have been proposed at the East and North Herts NHS [National Health Service] Trust in order to help make £18m of savings. Union bosses have described the plan as a 'devastating blow' to both staff and patients, but health managers said patient care would be unaffected. The trust, which also runs other health services in Herts, is looking to close the equivalent of two to three wards by September 2006. The trust said in a statement: 'While the trust cannot rule out redundancies, it is hoped that these can be kept to a minimum.'

Trust chief executive Nick Carver said: 'Developments within the local health service in recent weeks mean that the level of cost reduction that the trust has to make this year has all but doubled to £18m.'

'While that is out of an overall budget of some £267m, the trust is already pursuing a highly challenging programme of clinical and non-clinical efficiency saving activities.'

Geoff Reason, from the union Unison, said: 'The loss of 500 jobs is a devastating blow to patients and staff.'

'Unison will not take these cuts lying down. A lot of local people will be angry about this announcement and we will be contacting patient's groups, MPs and joining with other unions to build up support against the cuts.'


  • 28 June 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), East and North Herts NHS Trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 63716, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/63716.