National Blood Service centralisation dispute

June 2, 2007 at 12:57 pm 1 comment

Unworkable reconfiguration plans will threaten patient’s lives and healthcare workers’ jobs.

Mosquito feeding from blood bagThe vital blood processing and distribution service is to be centralised in management cost cutting insanity which will result in blood being transported hundreds of miles by road and skilled workers losing their jobs. This will directly threaten patients’ lives as the blood is driven on congested motorways from the donation centres to the “super centres” and then back out to hospitals.

The NBS in England currently has 13 regional centres which process and test donated blood before redistribution to the hospitals. However this vital service is under threat with management wanting to condense these regional centres into just 3 to cover the whole of England.

Unlike many NHS trusts, the NBS is not in debt, and operates efficiently with committed workers, many of whom have worked there for decades learning their highly specialised skills on the job.


  • Currently processing centres are in : Oxford, Bristol, Southampton, Tooting, Colindale, Brentwood, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Cambridge, Sheffield and Leeds.
  • The 3 proposed “supercentres” will be : Bristol, Manchester and Colindale.
  • The National Blood Service role includes : collecting blood from donations from 100’s of sites daily, testing the blood for Hepatitis, HIV, Malaria and Syphilis, filtering the blood and separating into components. This must then be distributed promptly to hospitals.

More information :
UK IWW launches campaign at the National Blood Service.
Unite members protest at closures in National Blood Service.


Entry filed under: Action, National Blood Service, solidarity.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. germs90  |  June 14, 2007 at 12:42 am

    Hi there
    I’ve just finally registered as a poster to the site but being a bit of a dunce am not sure how to set up a new page for this dispute. So just for now I’ll have to use this comment section. (If anybody can move this to the front page for me it would be much appreciated!)

    Lunchtime protests will be held at all blood centres in England on Friday 15th June. This is one day after International Donor Day (also the first day of a week of national leafleting in support of NBS workers by the UK IWW). Here are the addresses of affected centres for any available health activists who would like to go along + give the staff a boost.

    Leeds Blood Centre, Bridle Path, Leeds, LS15 7TW
    Colindale Blood Centre, Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5BG
    Tooting Blood Centre, 75 Cranmer Terrace, London, SW17 0RB
    Southampton Blood Centre, Coxford Road, Southampton, SO16 5AF
    Sheffield Blood Centre, Longley Lane, Sheffield, S5 7JN
    Brentwood Blood Centre, 15 Crescent Drive, Brentwood, CM15 8DN
    Newcastle Blood Centre, Holland Drive, Newcastle, NE2 4NQ
    Bristol Blood Centre, Southmead Road, Bristol, BS10 5ND
    Cambridge Blood Centre, Long Road, Cambridge, CB2 2PT
    Manchester Blood Centre, Plymouth Grove, Manchester, M13 9LL
    Oxford Blood Centre, John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, OX3 9BQ


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