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Workers plan strikes over threatened blood centre closures

Issue No. 2029

Workers in the NHS Blood Service may strike over Christmas in their fight against the closure of 14 blood centres.

A consultative ballot of Amicus union members saw 81 percent in favour of industrial action. A formal postal ballot is set to follow immediately.

Blood centres in Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol, Plymouth, Southampton, Tooting, Colindale, Brentwood, Oxford and Cambridge are all threatened by government plans to create three “super centres” for blood supplies.

Union officer Owen Granfield said, “This mirrors exactly what is wrong with the NHS reform agenda. Modernisation is being rushed through without engagement and consultation with either staff or local communities.”

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Sat 2 Dec 2006, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 2029
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