EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Netherlands
Region: Twente; Overijssel; Oost-Nederland
Location of affected unit(s): Hengelo, Almelo


Sector: Health / social work
Human health services
86.10 - Hospital activities
Number Employed: 3400

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 31-10-2017
Planned Job Reductions min: 150
Planned Job Reductions max: 150
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 01-12-2017
Foreseen End Date: 31-12-2019

Additional Information

The Dutch hospital ZGT (Ziekenhuis Groep Twente), operating two hospitals in Hengelo and Almelo (east Netherlands), will cut 150 jobs in the next two years as part of a cost reduction plan that is to fill a financial deficit of 15 to 20 million euros in response to poor financial performance due to the rising costs of medicines, diagnostics, and the rising influx of elderly patients with complex problems. The restructuring will affect at least 31 administrative and supporting staff, 14 facilities staff, and 79 medical staff, in addition to what has been designated as 'volume reduction' of 26 staff across departments. The job cuts will be spread over two years starting in 2017 and the possibility of forced redundancies is not excluded. The nurses' union NU'91 contests the use of forced redundancies and hopes it will still be possible to negotiate a redundancy deal which precludes forced redundancies.

As of October 2017, the two hospitals employ 3,400 people.