Unite the Union

Unite the Union

July 18, 2007 10:18 ET

Unite says it will fight 600 job cuts proposed at Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Trust

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 18, 2007) -

Attention: Newsdesks and Health Correspondents

Unite Amicus Section say the 600 job losses being proposed by Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Trust will have a devastating effect on services and patient care across the region.

The union says the proposed cuts to deal with a Pounds Sterling 10.2 million Trust deficit are totally unacceptable to its members the staff and will compromise patient safety. Unite Amicus Section said it will oppose the plan.

The Trust announced the 600 job cuts to today staff, accounting for one-third of the Trusts total workforce. The Trust has not said yet where the cuts will be made but have said that three wards will be closed. The Trust will put the proposal to its' Board next Tuesday and, subject to its' approval will begin a consultation process.

Kevin Coyne, Unite Amicus Sections Head of Health, said:

"The impact of these proposed cuts cannot be underestimated. We believe that it is totally unacceptable that the Trust's patients and staff should be expected to pay the price for its' management failures."

Unite Amicus Section Regional Officer, Terry Cunliffe, said:

"If made, these job cuts will have absolutely devastating consequences for staff, services and clinical care. We do not believe cuts on this scale can fail to threaten lives and for that reason we will do everything campaign vigorously to defend jobs."

Jobs and wards at Malton, Whitby, Bridlington and Scarbrough hospitals are under threat.

Contact Information

  • Amicus press office
    Catherine Bithell
    020 7 420 8909 or 07958 473 224