Kent and Medway CCG job losses look imminent

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NHS bosses are expecting that there will be more job losses at the Kent and Medway CCG, although they are not coronavirus related.

The Kent and Medway CCG has recently gone through a merger which saw eight of the county’s CCG’s merge into one body and according to a report in the Isle of Thanet News, this reshuffle will cause further job disruption.

Becca Bradd, executive director of people and organisational development at NHS Kent and Medway CCG, told the local news source that a “small number” of voluntary lay-offs have been made at senior level due to “duplication” of the role.

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Bradd explained: “As this process is not yet complete and we continue to support our colleagues, it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

Last week, councillors questioned NHS bosses about the merger as part of a scrutiny committee.

The Isle of Thanet News detailed how Rochester Cllr Teresa Murray, who is the deputy leader of Medway Council’s Labour Group, questioned whether any job losses had taken place in the “streamlined” organisation and whether more were likely in the future.

Wilf Williams, who heads up the organisation as the accountable officer, said a “small number of redundancies” had been made since April and indicated there would likely be “further” ones.

He continued: “We don’t expect significant redundancies, more than the few that we have had so far.

“Our new structure has more positions than currently people in post, although that does mask some areas where there may be some reductions and people cannot necessarily transfer from those areas.”

Concluding, Ms Bradd said: “An essential part of establishing our new organisation is bringing together our teams, including a single leadership team, to collectively manage the planning and development of healthcare services for people across Kent and Medway.

“We have worked hard to retain as many of our people, their knowledge, experience and skills as possible.”

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