I am extremely disappointed that they have decided to push ahead with the creation of a wholly owned subsidiary despite the protestations of thousands of local people including hundreds of staff at Chesterfield Royal. Moving over 800 staff who have dedicated their careers to the National Health Service, with great pride and dedication, will create a divisive two-tier workforce. The suggestion that non-medical staff are somehow less a part of our NHS than those who deliver medical services should have been rejected. The process of seeking a tax advantage is an unnecessary distraction at a time when there is such pressure on finances anyway. I have previously met with staff, unions and directors at the hospital and I will continue in that dialogue with them and the Government, to ensure that any changes don’t lead to a poorer service or a two tier workforce.
Below is Toby’s statement from the demonstration today;