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

310 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
27 September 2006
Employment effect (start)
31 March 2007
Foreseen end date
1 March 2009


Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust have announced plans to axe 181 posts by the end of March next year and another 129 by March 2009. The trust said the move, which involves closing two wards and reducing bed capacity by 125, would help cut costs.

Compulsory redundancies would be kept to a minimum and changes would not impact on services, a statement added. The Victoria Ward at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester will close in October and a second ward is to shut in December.

This amounts to a reduction of 56 beds, the trust said. It added it would try to deploy as many staff as possible to avoid compulsory redundancies.

A statement from the trust said: 'The expectations of patients and the increasing cost of new healthcare technologies require us to improve productivity and make a fundamental change in the way we offer services to the local community.'

The programme of change, known as Fit for the Future, will enable the trust to balance its books by March 2007.


  • 27 September 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64163, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64163.