Blood staff dispute

Pathologists, who carry out blood tests, are unhappy with staffing levels

Pathologists, who carry out blood tests, are unhappy with staffing levels

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Hospital blood testing staff in Chorley are taking industrial action to protest against staffing levels.

The pathologists at Chorley and South Ribble hospitals started an overtime ban and withdrew from on-call and rota cover from yesterday in a continuing dispute with hospital management.

The workers, who test blood samples and monitor blood transfusions, are concerned about low staffing levels, high levels of stress and excessive hours which they claim could jeopardise patient care.

Speaking for the pathologists, Steve Davies, Unite regional officer, said: “The management is not listening to our legitimate concerns over patient safety and very reluctantly our members are starting an overtime ban and withdrawing from on-call and rota cover arrangements.”

Karen Swindley, the hospitals’ workforce and education director, said: “Unite has accused management of failing to enter constructive dialogue in an attempt to resolve this dispute.

“This is simply not true.

“We have consistently been seeking clarity about the issues that remain in dispute but to date this information has not been forthcoming.

“We have advised the union we will be seeking support from ACAS as despite concerted efforts to understand the issues, neither Steve Davies or local representatives have to date provided the clarity
necessary.”