SOME 3,000 people demonstrated outside Stobhill Hospital and Victoria Infirmary on Saturday of last week against Greater Glasgow Health Board's plans for health services in the city. The Victoria Infirmary in the south and Stobhill in the north of the city are both to lose their accident and emergency and inpatient services.
Both will then provide outpatients and day care surgery only. Speakers at the Victoria Infirmary rally included retired doctor Matthew Dunnigan. He said, 'Patients are already being shunted around the city because there are not enough A&E beds. They are being forced to wait for up to six hours on trolleys before they can be seen, which was unknown five years ago. And now the government wants to shut two of them. It's ludicrous.'
Speaker after speaker at the Stobhill rally condemned the plans. Carolyn Leckie, Glasgow North Unison union branch secretary, announced to applause that the union's health branch is not cooperating with the reorganisation.
CLEANING STAFF, porters and receptionists working for Mediclean at Swansea's Singleton and Morriston hospitals struck again last Monday and Tuesday over pay. This second round of strike action by hundreds of workers followed a rejection of a new offer. The offer was 10p an hour less than what workers employed directly by Swansea's NHS trust get.
The strikers have generated much support from passing traffic, and council workers have visited the picket lines. The domestic workers' Unison union steward, Sian Jenkins, said: 'Some of us are barely on the minimum wage. 'You have girls who are single parents with small children who, after paying for parking and a little bit of childcare, are left with nothing at the end of the week.'