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Unison blood service pledge could prompt strike action

Industrial action could be prompted by a Unison pledge to fight the privatisation of the NHS' blood service.

14 March 2011

Negotiation strategies may be being devised after public sector union Unison blasted plans to privatise the NHS' blood services.

Dave Prentis, general secretary of the organisation, pledged to "fight back" against a scheme to hand parts of the NHS National Blood and Transfusion Service over to the private sector.

Speaking to blood service workers in London recently, he claimed it is "crunch time" for the future of the field.

"The government wants to open it up to private companies with DHL and Capita already in the frame. The prime motive of these companies is money and we will fight this all the way," said Mr Prentis.

He went on to state that many people may not want to donate their blood to the service if they believe private firms are profiting from the transaction.

Unison also warned that plans to "private huge swathes of the public sector" are putting the entire facility at risk.

Earlier in the month, Unison assistant general secretary Karen Jennings claimed that the coalition's "titanic reorganisation" will pave the way for private companies to "dominate" the NHS.

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