Safe Movement of Blood across the NHS

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Conference
2016 Health Care Service Group Conference
Date
20 January 2016
Decision
Carried

Whilst Conference generally welcomes the role that charities play in our society it expresses concern that increasingly NHS trust are turning to the free Motorbike charities for the movement of blood across the NHS instead of using the professional drivers employed 24/7 by NHSBT itself.

Whilst UNISON members who are drivers employed by NHSBT are worried at the encroachment of charities undertaking work they could and should be safely doing we should be rightly concerned for the security of blood products. It is essential that blood products are kept and transported safely and securely by staff who have been properly vetted by the NHS procedures. Conference calls upon UNISON and Unison Branches to approach the charities undertaking this work for NHS trusts to discuss our concerns at their involvement in this work.