'We will protect the gift of life', UNISON health members vow

By staff writers
April 6, 2011

UNISON trade union health members have unanimously condemned government plans to privatise parts of the national blood and transfusion service.

The call came at the union's health conference in Liverpool on 5 April 2011.

Amy Stewart of the Scottish healthcare branch declared: "We need to safeguard the gift of blood. Our blood and our organs are definitely not for sale."

Speaker after speaker reiterated that point: millions of people every year donate blood and organs to save the lives of others, not for private companies to profit from, they said.

"The gift of life is given freely," noted Stephen Parkinson of Oxfordshire health branch. "Profit-hungry companies are not needed and not wanted."

The UNISON health conference agreed, calling on the union to put the threat to the NHS blood and transfusion service at the forefront of campaigning and expose "the shameless efforts of the ConDem government to destroy the NHS".

Speaking immediately after the debate, General Secretary Dave Prentis promised members in the service – an example of the real 'big society' at work – "You will have the full support of our national union."

"This union will do everything in our power to stop this privatisation," declared Mr Prentis, as UNISON members vowed to push ahead with a 'Say no to Blood Money' campaign.


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