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GMB Brighton Demo Over NHS Cuts

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

GMB demonstration in Brighton on April 6 th over £30m cuts at Brighton & Sussex University hospitals NHS Trust.

GMB will take all necessary measures, including balloting members for industrial action, to prevent these ill-advised plans from being implemented.

GMB, the union for workers in the health service are organising a demonstration outside the Royal Sussex County Hospital on Saturday 6th April 2013 at 11.00am to protest against £30m cuts announced this week.

The protest is being organized in alliance with Defend the NHS Brighton who are campaigning to protect the NHS services in Sussex.

Mathew Kershaw, the incoming Chief Executive of Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (“BSUH”) takes over on 1st April. He announced on 19thMarch that his first act in the job will be to make £30M of cuts and redundancies within the Trust.

In a statement in Brighton local press Mr Kershaw said that he planned to deliver ‘a set of changes that deliver on quality, performance and financial objectives’ and that he ‘could not rule out the possibility of redundancies as part of a raft of measures needed to make savings”.

Earlier this year GMB issued a public warning of the risk of ‘Axeman Kershaw’ when he was first appointed.

This followed GMB’s direct experience of his disastrous tenure as Trust Special Administrator at South London Healthcare. In that position he recommended the closure of Lewisham Accident and Emergency, the loss of a consultant led maternity service, job losses, the privatisation of services and the sale of assets. This led to 25,000 local staff and service users taking to the streets to protest against his plans.

Rob Macey, GMB Senior Organiser said: ‘GMB warned the public that the appointment of Mr Kershaw would mean the axe falling on NHS services in Brighton and Hayward’s Heath.

Mr Kershaw left South London Healthcare, before implementing his proposals, to do the chicken run to BSUH where he now plans a further dose of the same medicine.

We have now had the first hint of Mr Kershaw’s plans which include up to £30 million in redundancies and cuts to vital services.

GMB will fight tooth and nail to protect NHS Services from Mr Kershaw’s cuts. GMB is  calling on the public to support the demonstration planned for Saturday 6 April.

GMB will take all necessary measures, including balloting union members for industrial action, to prevent these ill-advised plans from being implemented’.

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Contact: Rob Macey, GMB Senior Organiser on 07710 618 908, Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977518042 or Gary Palmer, GMB Organiser on 07552165950

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