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Bristol public meeting ‘to defend’ the NHS from privat...

Bristol public meeting ‘to defend’ the NHS from privatisation

11 January 2013

The Bristol public has a chance to vent its anger at the government’s privatisation of the NHS on Wednesday 16 January at a meeting called by Unite, the country’s largest union.

The meeting - entitled Health reforms or health emergency? - will be held at the Lecture Hall, School of Medical Sciences, University of Bristol, Park Place, 37-39 St. Michael’s Hill, Bristol, BS2 8DZ on Wednesday 16 January at 7.30pm. The meeting is open to the public.

A key issue in the Bristol region is the plan by the South West Pay, Terms and Conditions Consortium, consisting of 19 trusts, to slash the pay and conditions of health staff in a bid to soften up the NHS for privatisation.

Unite head of health, Rachael Maskell, who will be speaking at the meeting, said: “The south west is being used as a laboratory by hardline NHS managers to cut staff pay and conditions, so that the services are ripe to be picked off by private healthcare companies which put profit before patient care.

“The Bristol public will soon feel the detrimental effects of the so-called NHS reforms which the government has no mandate for – and this meeting is a chance for them to protest and form a coalition of resistance against these policies which will hit patient care in the years to come.”

The consortium’s plans suffered a blow before Christmas with the withdrawal of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust from the cartel which wants to tear up the long-established national Agenda for Change agreement and replace it with local pay deals with inferior pay, and terms and conditions.

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For further information please contact Karen Cole, Unite regional health and equalities organiser, on 07740 913900 and/or Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.