NHS staff asked to consider leaving
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Hospital chiefs at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust, which employs around 5,000 people, have taken the drastic step of writing to all staff members asking them to consider whether they wish to apply for voluntary severance.
The move is not a "cull" of staff, a spokeswoman for the trust said.
"On 11 September, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust wrote to all staff asking them to consider whether they wished to apply for voluntary severance," she said.
"No offers of severance were, or have since been, made directly to any member of staff. The trust has asked all staff to consider their personal circumstances and if they wish to make an application they have been asked to do so by 5 October, after which all submitted applications will be considered.
"The priority for the trust remains an absolute commitment to the quality of patient care and given this, it is unlikely that applications from staff who directly care for patients will be accepted.
"We would like to emphasise that there is no cull; the trust values all staff. However, the offer of a voluntary severance package may appeal to some members of staff who were considering a career change or may wish to have a break from working. It is each and every member of staff's personal choice as to whether or not they apply."
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