Tuesday, 26 August 2014

For those who don't think that cuts in the NHS are happening in the here and now...

Earlier in the year, the Chronicle and Echo reported proposed job losses of almost 250.

Proposals included:
- support staff, such as medical secretaries at risk. The list is also believed to include a handful of consultants.
- The plan to replace band 6 staff nurses with cheaper, less experienced band 5 staff, or else ask for volunteers to drop to the lower grade.

Critically, the proposals included no plans to consult with the public

As with some many things like this the devils is in the detail. To find out a little more I put in a freedom of information request for the equality impact assessments (EqIA) for the proposals

The EqIA's provided range from ones which seemed to be ammended in handwriting to others which were blank. Hardly the signs of a process that was being robustly considered.

A few months later and we have the scandalous debacle of hospital scientists wanting to work being locked out of their own workplace in a dispute over pay. This meant that patients were left high and dry with out blood tests and results as a result of heavy handed management strategies which
prevented staff in the department going to work.
If you don't think that there's a need to shine a spotlight on changes in the NHS, it's time to think again.  Find out more about how to support the #999MarchNorthants , part of the #darlomums campaign here. In brief, you can help 
  • by marching the Market Harborough to Northampton or Northampton to Bedford legs of the march, even if you just do a little bit
  • coming to the rally outside All Saints Church on Monday 1st September at 5.30pm
  • coming to the Dostiyo Centre at 52 Dunster Street, Northampton after 6.45pm and meeting marchers and sharing a vegetarian meal with them (solidarity cost to non-marchers £2)

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