Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/448/5350

From The Socialist newspaper, 13 July 2006

National Blood Service: Fighting job cuts

AMICUS MEMBERS in the National Blood Service are fighting 200 proposed job losses in the National Blood Service (NBS) laboratories in Birmingham, Southampton and Plymouth.

Andy Ford, Amicus rep, NBS (personal capacity)

The NBS intends to close the main testing and blood processing laboratories at the three sites, replacing them with a 'super-centre' at Filton in Bristol. 200 jobs will go over the next two years, partly off-set by 100 extra jobs to be created at Filton.

The main cause of the redundancies is the refusal by the Department of Health to fund upgrades at the three threatened blood centres. There has been no major investment in the NBS buildings for the last 10-15 years, and as a consequence some of the Centres have a huge backlog of maintenance, and some even need rebuilding.

However, the Department of Health's answer is not to put the necessary money in but to insist on service centralisation. This could prefigure a major shake-up in the wider NHS Pathology service, which is awash with rumours of centralisation into huge regional pathology labs which would be a tempting target for privatisation or 'public-private partnership'.

Amicus and the joint trade unions have produced a counter-case to the service centralisation and also a document setting out what a blood service would look like, based on public service not market mechanisms, meeting health needs and the democratic involvement of staff and blood donors. This has met with little response from NBS management.

Birmingham members are planning to participate in the 15 July NHS protest in Birmingham and a national combined unions reps meeting in the city is planned for the week after.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation £

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 13 July 2006:


Socialist Party NHS campaign

NHS: Uniting to fight the cuts

Hewitt hides from health protesters

Save our hospital

TUC lobby


Youth and Education

Low Pay,No Way!

Parents win High Court victory


Socialist Party campaigns

Welfare Reform Bill scapegoats disabled people!

Fighting the far-right BNP

Wales launches Campaign for New Workers' Party


International socialist news and analysis

Israeli regime’s air invasion of Lebanon threatens regional war

Another stolen presidency in Mexico?

Netherlands: Coalition government falls apart


Socialist Party workplace news and analysis

RMT conference: Striking back against privatisation

"Join the union to change the union"


Socialist Party feature

How the farmworkers got organised

National Blood Service: Fighting job cuts


Socialist Party review

'Storming heaven': Battle for Spain - The Spanish Civil War


Socialist Party National committee report

Build the Socialist Party


 

Home   |   The Socialist 13 July 2006   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate  




Related links:

Health:

triangleInterview with newly elected Unison NEC member

triangleLeicester private healthcare tragedy

triangleNHS in crisis - 'It's time for action'

triangleWomen's health matters

Birmingham:

triangleBirmingham Clean Air Zone a tax on the poor

triangleDea-John Reid murder: Jobs, homes and services, not racism

triangleSouth Birmingham Socialist Party: Palestine - How can Israeli state brutality be stopped?

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

23/6/21

NSSN

NSSN conference 2021: When given a lead workers will fight

23/6/21

DVLA

Escalation needed

23/6/21

Youth Fight for Jobs

YFFJ: more urgent than ever

23/6/21

School

Oaks Park school strike against bully bosses

23/6/21

Youth

London Socialist Party young members' day school

23/6/21

Cycling

'Socialism is the hope of the world'

23/6/21

Fighting Fund

Fighting Fund target smashed!

23/6/21

Strikes

Leicestershire engineers' fifth week of strikes against fire and rehire

23/6/21

NHS

Exeter Trades Council backs NHS protests

23/6/21

Hospital

Outsourced London hospital workers fight for better pay

23/6/21

Pay

Warehouse workers fight 50% cut in redundancy pay

23/6/21

Carmarthenshire

Carmarthenshire: Fighting for trade union recognition at council-owned company

16/6/21

Leicestershire

Engineers in fourth week of strike action

16/6/21

PCS

Conference 2021: Divide between union leaders and rank-and-file exposed

16/6/21

Electricians

Sparks win victory!

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 079 3539 1947

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999