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Workers walk out at ‘horrible’ hospital

by Tim Evans, Swansea
Issue No. 2068

NHS staff staged a second unofficial walkout on Tuesday of last week at Morriston, Swansea’s busiest hospital, over “horrible” working conditions.

Staff at the medical records department walked out in August over the chaotic state of the new IT system. Tuesday’s strike was over the state of the working area.

Unison union steward Libby Nolan said that, “A total of 15 staff walked out because of the conditions, which are cluttered and dirty.

“It’s a health and safety risk. There’s a lack of workspace, equipment and staff. Morale is very low.”

After the walkout, managers agreed to new talks.

At the same time, nurses at Morriston and Singleton hospitals are preparing to fight management plans to axe nearly 86 beds – a move that would cut jobs.

One of the nurses told Socialist Worker, “It’s an absolute shambles. We don’t know if we will have jobs. If they’re not careful there is going to be a walkout.”

Workers were due to meet on Tuesday of this week to discuss the situation.


Swansea NHS trust admitted this week that it plans to axe almost 750 jobs over the next three years.

A spokesperson for the Unison union said that they are gearing up to fight the plans.


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Tue 11 Sep 2007, 18:38 BST
Issue No. 2068
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