January 31, 2007 10:28 ET

Another attack on staff at Bridlington hospital

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 31, 2007) - Amicus, the health trade union, is angered by Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust's latest proposal to charge low paid staff members at Bridlington and District Hospital Pounds Sterling 240 and some staff Pounds Sterling 600 to park their cars at work.

Amicus say that the plans to charge employees, some of who are employed on a minimum wage, is unacceptable and will cause even lower morale among staff who are already fighting proposals by the Trust to demote Bridlington Hospital to community hospital status.

The union has argued that, as well as costing jobs, the downgrading of Bridlington will cost lives as patients needing emergency treatment will have to travel a minimum of 22 miles to Scarborough hospital.

Amicus' Regional Officer, Terry Cunliffe, said:

"On top of the changes planned for the hospital, which will undoubtedly include redundancies, staff are now being told they may have to pay for the privilege of working at Bridlington hospital!

"Amicus is fundamentally opposed to these charges. No one working in the NHS can afford to pay to park at their place of work and up to 120 members of staff are already struggling to survive earning just the minimum wage."

The union has called the public meeting called by the Trust last night to discuss the plans to downgrade the public hospital "a farce". The union says up to 100 members of the public were turned away from the event because the venue was too small and the microphone and PowerPoint equipment, by which the Trust were meant to make their proposals, were not working. At this meeting the Trust were also meant to provide staff and members of the public consultation papers and questionnaires but failed to do so.

Amicus will be registering its opposition to both sets of proposals via the consultation process.

Contact Information

  • Amicus
    Terry Cunliffe
    07776 202007
    Amicus Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    020 7420 8914 or 07980 224 761