Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page:

From The Socialist newspaper, 7 December 2006

Blood service staff prepared to fight job losses

LAST WEEK the National Health Service Blood and Transplant authority (NHSBT) announced their new service strategy which will affect mainly the National Blood Service (NBS). It will see the closure of eight blood testing and processing facilities and three supplemental centres in England. This will mean the loss of 600 full-time posts.

Carly (Amicus) and Gary (UNISON), Sheffield NHSBT.

But the 600 doesn't take into account the job losses through staff being unable to relocate. In reality around 1,500 posts could be affected. The bulk of these are technical and scientific. They cannot just be recruited or relocated to different parts of the country.

Currently blood donations are collected and transported to one of the eleven local centres. There, the blood is microbiology tested, grouped and processed into different therapeutic blood components like red blood cells, plasma or platelets. This is all done before being sent out to hospitals around the country.

Under new plans, blood will be taken to one of three new 'super-centres' in Bristol, London and Manchester. If this plan goes ahead it will be a logistical nightmare. The whole of the North-East and East Midlands will have no testing and processing facilities.

Joint trade union secretary Bill Cambell said: "These cuts will leave massive holes in the coverage of processing centres. Depending on just three centres will also put patients' lives in jeopardy in the event of an emergency."

During the announcement, NBS spokespeople were asked about blood collected from Newcastle and the far north Scottish borders getting to Manchester, remembering that in winter there is only one feasible route, the M62.

The answer was: "The NBS has a fantastic local infrastructure to deal with any logistical changes and so such concerns will not be a problem".

But with only three centres in England and only one of those in the north, "local infrastructure" becomes "national infrastructure".

These proposals are being pushed through without consultation. They look as if they've been drawn upon the back of a cigarette packet in a pub with no thought to the practicalities and their consequences. They will put unnecessary pressure on the service, putting patients at risk.

This announcement is only the beginning, with other services the NBS provides to hospitals under threat.

In a recent Amicus indicative ballot, 81% of members voted in favour of industrial action, with the possibility of a strike over Christmas.

Centres are also working together to fight back against these ludicrous plans by setting up local protests and activities (we started petitioning and leafleting in Sheffield on Saturday) including 'imaginative' suggestions such as urinal stickers which have photos of the members of the board.

NBS workers are not happy and are ready to unite and fight back.

Why not click here to join the Socialist Party, or click here to donate to the Socialist Party.

In The Socialist 7 December 2006:

NHS campaigns unite

Blair's health service lies

NHS mass protests continue

Building the national day of action

ITC programme fails

Diary of events

War and terrorism

Bush and Blair still in denial

"The greatest strategic disaster in American history"

Workplace news

Strike threat forces victory

300,000 workers in PCS strike Ballot

"Merry Christmas Mr SCCrooge"

Blood service staff prepared to fight job losses

UCU: Left victory in sight

JJB workers fight sackings

Socialist Students

"Stop the rent rises!"

Campaign to Defeat Fees is building across London

CDF online petition launched!

Fight Blair's divisive academy programme

Socialism 2006

Socialism 2006

Britain's Muslims under siege - which way forward?

"Inspired and informed"

Do you have to be red to be green?

Socialism 2006 - another major step forward

Socialist Party news and analysis

200 march against Lincoln's far right

Trident - a waste of our money

Privatised rail bosses hike up fares

MPs wannabe rich

International socialist news and analysis

Chávez re-election - a set-back for the right

Balance sheet of WASG national conference

Political tensions rage in Bolivia


Home   |   The Socialist 7 December 2006   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  

Related links:

Blood Service:

trianglePrivatisation threat to the blood service?


triangleHeathrow: Why Furious Workers Walked Out


triangleArriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future

triangleNasty party out the Tories


triangleHundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP

triangleThe fight against racial discrimination is tied to fighting against capitalist austerity

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns


North West

Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay


Democratic rights

Conference on state spies: who's watching who?



Striking back against sackers' charter at Leeds Uni


Royal Mail

Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers



Balloting members on the pay cap



'Dazzling' Bad Art show points to socialist future



Sheffield Labour council threatens peaceful protesters with prison


South West Wales

Hundreds turn out for rally aimed at removing west Wales Tory MP



Uprising to save the NHS!



Can you donate to the Socialism 2017 appeal?


East London

No cuts - hands off King George A&E!


North London

North London hospital workers fight cuts and job losses



Nationalise to save jobs at BAE Systems



Schools "can't go any further" - stop the cuts: set deficit budgets now



Socialist Students 'welcome' Hillary Clinton to Swansea

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...

Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party

triangle19 Oct Arriva North West bus drivers strike over pay

triangle18 Oct Russia, October 1917: When workers took power

triangle18 Oct Tories torn - bin them now

triangle18 Oct Royal Mail bosses block strike - back postal workers

triangle18 Oct Balloting members on the pay cap

triangle13 Oct The end of the Tories?

triangle11 Oct Nasty party out the Tories

More ...

triangle23 Oct Chesterfield Socialist Party: The continuing struggle for abortion rights

triangle24 Oct Liverpool Socialist Party: The October Russian Revolution 100 years ago to the day

triangle25 Oct Salford Socialist Party: The October 1917 Russian revolution

triangle25 Oct Swansea Socialist Party: Mother Jones - A US labour pioneer

More ...

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube



October 2017

September 2017

August 2017

July 2017

June 2017

May 2017

April 2017

March 2017

February 2017

January 2017





















Platform setting: = No platform choice