UNISON leads demonstration against Cardiff and Vale health board cuts

UNISON members from across Cardiff and the Vale will demonstrate today against the 384 jobs cuts being proposed by the Cardiff and Vale health board.

The demonstration will take place on the steps of the Senedd in Cardiff Bay between 12 and 1pm, when a petition will be delivered to the National Assembly for Wales as part of the campaign.

“UNISON is working hard to protect our members. jobs,” says Cardiff and Vale health branch secretary Mike Jones.

“We have consistently said that we are disappointed with the approach the health board have taken and we are calling on them to work in partnership on this issue with the unions and the Welsh government.

“We know that the Welsh government has always aimed to work in partnership with the unions and the NHS around these budget pressures and we applaud them for that. Unfortunately, Cardiff and Vale has decided to go their own way on this and that is frustrating and demoralising for the workforce.

“Obviously we have worries for those members of staff who might lose their jobs, but we are also concerned for patient safety and the continuation of services delivered by the health board.

“In our view, cutting jobs flies in the face of the staffing issues raised in the Francis report. We know that staffing levels are key to the sustainability of good quality safe services and there are certain clinical areas being considered that lead us to have serious concerns.

“Our petition to the Welsh government shows how angry and powerless our members feel. We are calling on our elected representatives to publicly oppose the approach being taken by the health board.”

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Key Issue: Fighting cuts and privatisation in the NHS

Key issue: Be safe – patient/ staff ratios