Rachael Maskell Barrie Brown
Unite head of Health National Officer
Unite in Health
NHS workers banned from work for exercising lawful right to take action
78 biomedical scientists working for Northampton General Hospital found their access to work denied on Thursday 26 June in a bitter row over the trust’s sign or be sacked ultimatum – a first time in living memory for the NHS.
Our members voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action and have a right to take action without fear of threat and abuse. Management at the trust are playing Russian roulette with patient safety as inexperienced staff with inadequate training brought in to cover (locked out workers) struggle to cope with the demand for blood tests. The people of Northampton deserve answers.
Unite is calling on Gus Lusack, head of pathology at Northampton General Hospital to:
- Allow all biomedical scientists banned from work back into the workplace with immediate effect.
- Remove the ‘sign or be sacked ultimatum and commit to negotiate in a meaningful way on the proposed new contracts which could see members lose up to £6,000 a year.
- Stop putting patient safety at risk and denying the people of Northampton the expertise and skill of our dedicated and professional biomedical scientists.
- Stop wasting precious NHS resources on semi-skilled and agency staff to break the strike