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Kent's NHS Patient Transport Balloted

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

GMB Members Working For NSL Care Services On Kent’s NHS Patient Transport Contract To Be Balloted For Industrial  Action

The NSL workforce’s moral is rock bottom and this latest move by NSL has left GMB members with no choice but to take this action says GMB.

GMB, the union for NHS employees is to hold a consultative industrial action ballot of GMB members working on Kent’s NHS patient transport contract. The result will be known on Friday 1st November 2013.

GMB has been in talks with the private contract employer NSL Care Services over proposed new rotas and the company’s abandoning of these talks by the employer.

Frank Macklin, GMB Organiser said, “GMB has not and will not agree to any change to NSL staff rotas without first consulting the GMB affected and reaching an agreed way forward democratically.  NSL Care Services management has lied to their employee’s about GMB having agreed to a new controversial rota system the company want to implement.

As a result of these actions GMB has been left with no alternative but to ballot GMB members to see if they want to take industrial action if NSL goes ahead and imposes the new rota system without their agreement.

The dedicated group of NHS professionals were transferred to NSL Care Services from various NHS and Ambulance trusts under formal transfer of engagement regulations (TUPE). This was part of a new super contract for patient transport covering the whole of Kent. The contract was one of the first to be delivered by the new Kent Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Since the contract went live there has been one problem after another and the staff on the frontline have had to bare the brunt of the frustration and anxiety of the NHS Trusts and patients using the new service, through no fault of their own.

GMB has written to NSL to express its disappointment with this latest development and to raise a collective grievance on behalf of GMB members.

The NSL workforce’s moral is rock bottom and this latest move by NSL has left GMB members with no choice but to take this action.”

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Contact: Frank Macklin, GMB Organiser on 07983 326743 or GMB Press Office: 07974 251823 or 020 7391 6755.

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