Labour Leader puts motion to support Newcastle Blood Bank

 

Presented by Leader Cllr Grant Davey and supported by Full Council

 

Motion No.1

In accordance with Council Rules of Procedure No.10, Councillor J.G. Davey to move the following motion, received by the Democratic Services Manager on 14 September 2015:-

On 30 July 2015, the NHS Blood and Transplant Board agreed to progress a proposal to reduce the number of blood manufacturing departments from five to three. This would mean the closure of the Sheffield and Newcastle manufacturing departments and see the two facilities relocated in Manchester from 2017 at the earliest.

The Board cites that reducing the number of manufacturing departments will help make the best use of every voluntary donation, maximise the use of equipment and enable flexibly to respond quickly to changes in volume and component specification.

This Council:
(a) acknowledges plans are being considered to close the blood supply chain manufacturing facility at Newcastle, along with a facility in Sheffield;

(b) acknowledges the plans would see these two facilities relocated and merged into a single facility in Manchester;

(c) acknowledges that the single site in Manchester would provide services to the whole of the North West, North East and Yorkshire regions of the country;

(d) expresses concern that this could potentially put around 38 jobs in Newcastle and 60 in Sheffield at risk;

(e) expresses concern about a single location in Manchester being a base to cover the whole of the North West, North East and Yorkshire regions, because:

(i) this is a physically large geography;

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  1. (ii)  travel disruption;

  2. (iii)  the strategy fails to make it clear where blood stores would be located

    outside of the manufacturing centre in Manchester; and

  3. (iv)  it is unclear how the operation of the service under these proposals

    would cope with a major incident;

(f) therefore, believes that more work needs to be done before these proposals are put into place, and that scrutiny of these proposals is necessary to ensure that any changes are both workable and effective; and

(g) directs that a copy of this motion be forwarded to all North East MPs, the Secretary of State for Health, the Shadow Secretary of State for Health and the Chair of the Health Select Committee, with a request for consultation with local health stakeholders prior to the matter to be considered by the relevant Select Committee

 

Cllr Scott Dickinson Chair of Northumberland's Health and Wellbeing Board said: " I will take up this issue at the Health and Wellbeing Board and continue to support the Leaders efforts to make central government understand that Northumberland people cannot wait for supplies from Manchester if they need blood. Not only that I want to highlight some of the other issues that surround the plans they haven't in my view taken in to consideration"

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