Hospital layoffs in US are “worst in decade,” statistics show

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 18 October 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5847
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

Mass layoffs in US hospitals are on track to reach a new high, and analysts predict that the worst may be yet to come.

A report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics says that hospitals have laid off 8233 people so far this year. The bureau defines a mass layoff as when 50 or more people lose their jobs at a single site. Since the beginning of the year there have been 102 mass layoffs nationwide. If terminations continue at their current pace, 12 349 hospital employees will lose their jobs, up from 11 757 in 2009.

The only year with more layoffs was 2005, when hurricane …

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