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A SERIES of meetings organised by health trade unions will be held at Airedale Hospital to protest against what unions have branded “privatisation” plans at the hospital.

UNISON has met with fellow trade unions, including GMB, UNITE, Royal College of Nursing, Royal College of Midwives, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the Society of Radiographers, and agreed to break off planned consultation meetings with Airedale NHS Foundation Trust on the plans until staff have expressed their own views through the unions.

The foundation trust’s managers have agreed to go ahead with proposals to create a new subsidiary company to run hospital facilities and procurement services.

Affected staff will include porters, as well as workers in domestic services, laundry, sterile services, telecommunications and housekeeping.

The unions say there has been a lack of detailed information provided to staff and none given to the public about the full implications of these changes.

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