Furness General Hospital oncology unit closure plan – UNISON response

UNISON, the largest union in the North West, is calling on hospital managers to think again about their damaging plan to close an impatient oncology unit at Furness General Hospital.

The announcement, made without any consultation with staff, patients or health bodies, would mean that cancer patients would be treated on general wards, which would present a huge danger of cross contamination.

Public opposition to the plans has already been formidable, with more than 500 signatures to an online protest petition in just three hours.

Only last week, bosses at Furness General Hospital announced that they would backtrack on damaging plans to close their maternity services, after the unit received top marks for service quality.

Kevan Nelson, Head of UNISON North West, said:

“These plans are deeply worrying for patients, for local people and staff. Patients with cancer being treated with chemotherapy have compromised immune systems. These plans will place their health, and even their lives at risk.

“Only last week hospital bosses saw sense regarding their damaging plans to close the hospital’s top performing maternity unit after a huge public outcry. Hospital bosses can be sure they will face fierce opposition to this dangerous plan.”

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