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According to documents filed in Washington state, Amazon is getting ready to lay off more than 150 employees as it discontinues its telemedicine service known as Amazon Care.
Based on Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) filings made late Thursday, Amazon announced 159 employees would be let go from Amazon Care. Employers are required by the WARN Act to provide workers advance warning of mass layoffs or factory closures, usually within 60 days.
According to a subsequent WARN notice submitted on Thursday, another 236 employees would be let go from Care Medical, a group of clinicians responsible for treating Amazon Care patients. Care Medical is a private business that has a contract to cooperate with Amazon.
The documents state that the layoffs will start on December 1.
Amazon said around the end of last month that their telehealth service would end on December 31. According to Amazon, the business decided to end the service because it wasn’t “a full enough offering” for customers.
Along with its pharmacy and consumer diagnostics businesses, Amazon Care was a component of their plan to completely transform the healthcare sector. The business has been growing into the health care industry even after shuttering Amazon Care. Amazon said in July that it would buy One Medical for $3.9 billion, adding a network of upscale primary care facilities.
Prior to expanding to service other companies, Amazon Care began as a trial programme in 2019 for employees in and near the Seattle office of the corporation. The service offers virtual urgent care visits, free telemedicine consultations, and in-home nurse visits for testing and immunizations for a cost.
Amazon stated in a note to staff at the time of the service’s closure that it would give them the chance to pursue jobs elsewhere within the company.
Amazon Health Services lead Neil Lindsay stated in the memo that “many Care employees will have the opportunity to join other parts of the Health Services organisation or other teams at Amazon — which we’ll be discussing with many of you shortly — and we’ll also support employees looking for roles outside of the company.”
Those impacted will have the chance to pursue alternative jobs inside, an Amazon official reaffirmed in an email statement. Supporting our staff during this transition is our top responsibility, the statement read.
To reach 1.52 million employees at the end of the second quarter, Amazon reduced its workforce by 99,000 people. After expanding its employees and warehouse footprint at an unprecedented rate during the Covid-19 pandemic, the retail behemoth is now taking steps to reduce its employment as it attempts to reduce expenses.