Swansea NHS Cuts

19th September 2007

Swansea NHS Trust has announced the closure of 86 beds and plans to shed 742 jobs, with almost half being nursing posts.

This is a continuation of the Trust's 'Cuts For Cash' strategy where staff and patients are expected to pay the price for getting the Trust bank balance back into the black. The Trust is aiming to save fifteen and a half million pounds over the next year but despite their denials it will be at the expense of patient care.

  Health workersare angry and dismayed at these most recent attacks which have been proposed without any consultation with the unions. After massive opposition to its health reorganisation plans the Welsh Assembly government was forced to call a moratorium and conduct a review but proposals such as these show that the fight to defend our NHS must be stepped up in Swansea and throughout Wales. Socialist party members will be joining with UNISON members, other trade unionists and NHS campaigners to ensure that these latest round of cuts are defeated.

Alec Thraves
Swansea Socialist Party
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