Protests over NHS plans

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HEALTH workers in South Yorkshire are supporting a series of protests across the region and country today, fighting against cuts and changes in the NHS.

Demonstrations will be held in Sheffield and Rotherham as part of a national day of action campaigning against the government’s Health and Social Care Bill, which they believe will lead to the privatisation of health services.

They will join with other protesters across the country as they stage demonstrations in London, Nottingham, Bolton, Sunderland and Winchester.

Workers from Sheffield and Newcastle were also today set to lobby the board of the NHS Blood and Transplant Service about moves to close blood testing labs in the two cities, moving the work to Manchester. They will present an alternative to the board’s decision, which includes keeping the Sheffield site open.

Owen Granfield, Unite national officer, said: “The staff are very apprehensive about the impact these decisions will have on the blood service.”