Decontamination Strategy

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Conference
2004 Health Care Service Group Conference
Date
6 April 2004
Decision
Carried

DECONTAMINATION STRATEGY

Submitted by Eastern Regional Health Committee

This conference expresses the greatest concern at the late involvement of UNISON in the National Decontamination Strategy described in Health Circular HC/17/04 to branches on 10th March 2004.

It appears from the information contained in the circular that decisions have already been made on future strategy without UNISON involvement, clearly displaying a complete lack of partnership working as strongly advocated by the Modernisation Agency and the Department of Health.

The services provided by CSSD departments form a vital part of overall NHS services and any proposals need to ensure the maintenance and improvement of existing standards

The proposals contain a mix of direct investment, PFI and Public Private Partnerships with implications for UNISON members in potential job losses and transfers to private sector employers.

Conference asks:

That the strategy be halted until full consultation has taken place with UNISON and other affected unions;

That full information be obtained about the three funding options set out in the strategy;

That the Pilot sites identified in the circular provide full reports of activity covering employment and service issues.

A report back to branches should be provided as soon as possible.