GMB To Defend Staff At Queen Elizabeth Hospital Woolwich As Greenwich CCG Puts Phlebotomy Department Out To Tender
NHS Trust must give assurances that staff currently running the service will keep their jobs - whether that is at the hospital or in the community and that their terms and conditions will be protected says GMB.
GMB, the union for staff in the NHS, is seeking assurances that jobs and pay and conditions for staff will be protected as Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group has invited bids for the Phlebotomy and Anti Coagulation Department in Queen Elizabeth in Woolwich.
Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group (Greenwich CCG) is the body responsible for commissioning health care services in the borough of Greenwich.
For the bidding Greenwich CCG is using the “Any Qualified Provider” model which means that any organisation that fits the criteria to provide the service can make a bid for it.
Greenwich CCG) has said that they want the new service up and running by April, with bids being welcomed until the middle of February 2014.
Nadine Houghton, GMB Regional Organiser, said "Greenwich CCG has said that they want to improve the service and that more funding is being made available to do this. GMB absolutely welcome this and our members in the department completely agree that waiting times are too long and patients often have too far to travel. GMB also agree with the CCG that a more community focused model will provide a better service.
However, GMB has concerns that changes to the service may lead to job cuts and changes to terms and conditions of employment. This certainly will not achieve the desired changes. Many of the Phlebotomists at Queen Elizabeth Hospital have been there for years and currently work under huge pressure from short staffing numbers and high volumes of patients to provide the best service possible, cuts and job losses would further de-moralise the staff.
GMB want assurances from the trust that the staff currently running the service will keep their jobs - whether that is at the hospital or in the community and that their terms and conditions will be protected.
GMB members are also concerned that they themselves have not been consulted with about the proposed changes. They should have been because they are on the front line and know the service better than anyone - why aren't their opinions being sought on the best way to make improvements?”
Contact Nadine Houghton, GMB Organiser Southern Region on 07714 239 227 or 0208 303 3407 or Michelle Gordon 07866 369259 or GMB press office 08921 289880 or 07974 251 823