WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
Concerns over cervical screening shake-up prompts demo at NHS England annual meeting in Manchester today
NHS staff concerned about the shake-up of the cervical screening services used by thousands of women in England every year will be demonstrating outside the annual meeting of NHS England in Manchester today (Wednesday 4 September).
Cytology, biomedical scientists and cervical screening staff - members of Unite, the union - will be protesting over mounting waiting lists of women wishing to be screened and the lack of adequate workforce planning to ensure that there is sufficient staff in place to meet demand.
The demo will be at Manchester Central Convention Complex M2 3GX from 15.00 today.
The protest comes in the wake of the shake-up by NHS England which will see the number of laboratories reporting samples from over three million women annually in England fall from 46 to nine by December this year.
Unite national officer for health Colenzo Jarrett-Thorpe said: “The continued lack of coherent workforce planning and meaningful consultation are fanning worries about job security; retention of skilled staff unable to move from the labs that will be disbanded; and mounting waiting lists for women wishing to be screened.
“There are serious concerns about the timescales for introducing the new nine lab set-up by December this year, compared with the nearly two years that was allowed for the process in Scotland.
“This is why our members are protesting tomorrow at the annual meeting of NHS England - the organisation that is driving this change. NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens and his top team should take heed of these legitimate concerns.
“Unite welcomed the news that eight laboratories would remain within the NHS ‘family’ and not be hived off to profit-hungry private healthcare companies. However, the London service will be privatised and will be delivered by a company chaired by Lord Carter, the architect of the reforms in healthcare science.
“Unite believes that Simon Stevens should order the winning providers, in conjunction with NHS England, to consult with the health unions over how to manage this process in a better way for the benefit of women attending cervical screenings and the dedicated staff who are currently in limbo about their futures.”
Unite has outlined a five point action plan to rectify the situation:
- No compulsory redundancies for affected employees, similar to the pledges made in Scotland
- Regional deployment pools for affected employees
- Training bonds and funds made available for employees that wish to retrain so they can remain working in the NHS
- The end of the procurement and ‘purse before patient’ culture that has pervaded the NHS in England
- Meaningful consultation by NHS England and NHS Improvement with stakeholders and trade unions.
Notes to editors:
For more information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 020 3371 2060 or 07768 693940. Unite press office is on: 020 3371 2065
Latest News from
WiredGov Newswire (news from other organisations)
Smart meter rollout extension is “common-sense move”, says Citizens Advice17/09/2019 10:40:00
Citizens Advice has responded to the news that the government is proposing to extend the smart meter rollout deadline to 2024 and the release of the latest cost-benefit analysis of the programme.
LGA - Bus journeys fall by more than 300 million in five years17/09/2019 09:40:00
Bus journeys have plummeted by more than 300 million in just five years, falling to their lowest level in over a decade, according to latest figures, as new polling by the Local Government Association shows that the majority of residents want councils to decide how bus services are provided in their local area.
Company House: Thousands of companies missed crucial accounts deadline last year17/09/2019 09:05:00
With this year’s deadline fast approaching, Companies House is urging companies to keep on top of their filing responsibilities.
UK Space Agency: New UK-led satellite will identify natural resources from space13/09/2019 11:05:00
The Mission and Agile Nanosatellite for Terrestrial Imagery Services (MANTIS) satellite, which received funding recently (11 September 2019) will help energy and mining businesses identify new resources.
Wales Audit Office - Postcode lottery for new ‘front door’ to adult social care services12/09/2019 13:40:00
Councils are doing a good job in preventing social care demand, but information, advice and assistance is not consistently effective across Wales. That’s the conclusion of a report, published today, by the Auditor General for Wales.
TUC campaign to protect terminally ill workers takes to the road12/09/2019 13:20:00
The Dying to Work campaign will begin its national roadshow at the TUC Congress in Brighton.
NHS Confederation - ‘Mini-deal’ needed to keep patients safe during Brexit12/09/2019 12:40:00
Niall Dickson, chief executive of the NHS Confederation, responded to the publication of Operation Yellowhammer
LGA responds to Money Advice Trust report on use of bailiffs12/09/2019 11:40:00
Chair of the Local Government Association’s Resources Board, Cllr Richard Watts, responded to the latest ‘Stop The Knock’ report published by the Money Advice Trust, which shows the use of bailiffs to collect council tax remained stable between 2016/17 and 2018/19
CCC welcomes international backing for UK to host the COP26 climate summit12/09/2019 11:38:00
The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has responded to news that the UK has received international backing to host the COP26 climate summit in 2020.