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Issue 2347

Paramedics down tools

Ambulance workers in the Unite union struck across Yorkshire on Tuesday of this week against cuts and deskilling. 

One picket said, “I’ve had a pay cut of £450 a month and am no longer able to use my medical training.” 

“Privatisation is already taking place,” said another. 

“Some of our work has been subcontracted.”

Dave Gibson


New helpline launch in chaos

New NHS 111 helplines were meant to launch on Monday of this week—but were delayed in half of Britain.

The British Medical Association said the “chaotic mess” could put patients at risk. Pilots of the scheme have seen “questionable” advice.


Heart doctors slam closure

NHS England chief Bruce Keogh faces calls to resign after suspending children’s heart surgery in Leeds.

Keogh says that death rates at the Leeds unit are too high. But the heart specialists’ BCCA group has attacked his use of data. They warn that a closure could put huge strain on services.


Trust bosses attack wages

Bosses at Southern Health NHS in southern England are attacking low paid learning disability workers.

They will lose holidays and wages worth £400 a month from July.

 

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