Trust ‘concerned’ over threat of strikes

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Industrial action over local health cuts will further impact frontline services, the Western Trust has said.

The health authority is concerned after the NIPSA trade union stated threatened of possible strike action over plans to make health service cuts totalling £4.6m in the Western Trust area.

A Western Trust spokesperson said: “The Trust is concerned that NIPSA may ask their members to consider industrial action as this will further impact on the delivery of frontline services. We will continue to work with NIPSA with the view to averting such action.”

The trust made the statement following the leaking of an internal letter listing a wave of cuts which the document states will have a ‘significant impact’ on a range of services.

The cuts are planned to meet budgetary constraints imposed by the Health and Social Care Board for the current financial year.

NIPSA official Alan Law said: “NIPSA calls for the Trust to refuse to implement these savings and demands action from the assembly Health Committee. NIPSA will commence immediate consultations with our members on the possibility of strike action in order to protect jobs and services.”

He added that the slashing of services “is the true face” of the ‘Transforming Your Care’ process.