Lancashire hospital workers to protest over privatisation plans

CAMPAIGN: Roads in Chorley will be partially closed during the protest
CAMPAIGN: Roads in Chorley will be partially closed during the protest
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Staff will take to the streets on the back of a decision to privatise hospital services.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust is proposing to award its sterilisation services contract Synergy Health.

Following discussions with staff and unions, we do recognise that we could have managed this process more effectively and we realise that this is an unsettling time for our sterile services staff.

Karen Partington

The proposals have been met with anger and workers at Chorley and Preston hospitals will march the streets of Chorley in protest at the decision.

The protest is being supported by unions and campaign groups.

Today, hospital bosses admitted that it is an unsettling time for staff and the situation could have been managed better. Steve Turner, from the Protect Chorley Hospital from Cuts and Privatisation 
Campaign, said: “The announcement was made without any consultation with staff.

“The protest is a reaction to the disgraceful decision that has been made.”

The protest will start at noon on Saturday and it’s expected to finish at 2pm.

Roads in Astley Village, Euxton and Chorley will be closed, including Chancery Road, Euxton Lane, Park Road and Market Street.

Karen Partington, chief executive of the trust, said: “We are completely committed to only making savings that maintain or improve services and are absolutely confident that this change would not detrimentally affect the quality of care we provide.

“Following discussions with staff and unions, we do recognise that we could have managed this process more effectively and we realise that this is an unsettling time for our sterile services staff.”

Dion Baugh, Unison North West Regional Organiser said: “We don’t think that health care is something that should be run for private profit. Saturday is a chance for people in Chorley to show how much they care for the NHS and for their local hospital.”

Synergy Health was unavailable for comment.