Cutting medical secretaries causes X-ray backlog

Recent reports have uncovered a massive backlog of thousands of untyped x-ray reports in the Mater Hospital. This gives us a glimpse of what the cuts planned by the Belfast Health Trust management and the Assembly Executive will mean. The backlog was caused by a lack of medical secretaries to process the reports. Ridiculously, the Belfast Trust has threatened to slash 50 more of these workers, while cutting the pay of another 120!  

Management have said that this will be take place through ‘natural wastage’ and voluntary redundancy, but the closure of the Elliott Dynes Rehabilitation Unit shows that these assurances from the Belfast Trust’s bosses are worthless. Regardless, medical secretaries are skilled workers who perform vital administrative work, allowing the health service to function. The loss of these jobs will inevitably lead to a less efficient service and longer waiting lists. The number of people awaiting hospital appointments has already increased 27% over three months this year!

Through the demonstrations they have held and their positive response to consultation about action from their unions, it is clear that these workers are determined to fight the Trust’s proposals. Any action taken by these workers must receive the support of all trade unionists- they are not just fighting to defend their jobs, but our health service. It will undoubtedly be the first of many struggles to come, as the parties in the Assembly deepen their assault on public spending, which has already seen £813 million cut from our health service since 2009.

 

Total
0
Shares
Previous Article

Interview with Tony Mulhearn

Next Article

Kazakhstan - Lawyer attacked and arrested in run-up to Euro MP’s visit

Related Posts

Wisconsin: Walker Declares War!

Immediately Organize a One-Day General Strike! — Republicans use illegal maneuver to bust unions

On 9 March, Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker and the Republican Senate used an illegal manoeuvre to push threw his anti-union bill, without the return of the 14 Senate Democrats. Already, it has provoked a massive new wave of protests and actions.

UPDATE- Venue of picket against health cuts changed!

New Location: Knockbracken Health Care Park, Saintfield Road
9.30am, Thursday 25th March


The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has changed the location of Thursday's meeting of the Executive Board at the last minute from Knockbreda to Knockbracken Health Care Park. The Socialist Party has organised a picket outside the meeting to highlight and oppose the cuts being implemented by the board, and a petition will be delivered to the Chief Executive.

Nationalise the Quinn Group

Few people can imagine what €4,000million looks like, but that is just what Sean Quinn lost through gambling on the casino they call the stockmarket. As a result of this grotesque speculation and lust for profits, thousands of honest workers directly employed by the Quinn Group are to lose their jobs, not to mention the thousands of other workers whose jobs are dependent on the Quinn Group.

Sean Quinn lost this sum speculating that the depressed price of Anglo-Irish Bank shares would recover. However, he did not gamble by buying shares but by buying ‘Contracts for Difference’ (CFDs) amounting to 25% of the bank’s shares. Such a highly leveraged strategy can yield massive returns but if things go wrong the losses can be just as great.

Kazakhstan – Mass prison hunger strike against brutal regime

OSCE Chair presides over torture of prisoners – Protests needed urgently!

In the “strict regime” prison colony, AK159/6, in the Karaganda region of Kazakhstan, a collective hunger strike was declared by the prisoners in protest at alleged brutal beatings, the prison’s military regime and claims of ’frame ups’ of prisoners by the authorities. Starting with a few prisoners at the end of May, the hunger strike has now been joined by the mass of prisoners. Kazakhstan currently holds the Chair of the The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

A video, filmed on 28 May, shows the typical brutal treatment of one prisoner