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

480 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
23 October 2006
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date
1 April 2008


480 jobs are to be axed at two NHS [National Health Service] hospitals in Surrey and south-west London as part of a drive to save 24 million GBP over the next 18 months. The trust is also cutting 170 patient beds. Health campaigners said they believed the 'scandalous' cuts would hit secretaries, nurses and cleaners. The trust runs Epsom General Hospital in Surrey and St Helier in Carshalton. It is not currently in debt but needs to make the savings to balance its books in future. Chief executive Lorraine Clifton said it appreciated it was an 'unsettling time for staff'.

No individuals had yet been identified for job losses but every area, from senior management to clinical, non-clinical and corporate areas had been reviewed by consultants KPMG over the past five weeks. As far as possible, the reduction in jobs would be achieved by not filling vacant posts and reducing the use of temporary staff.

'While our financial situation has been a key driver for the recovery plan, there is also an opportunity to improve services for patients,' said Ms Clifton.

'By looking at all our systems and how we can work differently, we will make sure patients have good access to services and don't spend longer in hospital than necessary.'

Public services union Unison said staff were furious.

'Their futures have been put on the line in order to bail out a financial crisis that is not of their making', said branch secretary Kevin O'Brien.

He said a demonstration would be held on 25 November to show the anger of staff and the public about the 'assault on their local hospital services'.


  • 23 October 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Trust, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64318, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64318.