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Unison Wales opposing two health trust plans to privatise pharmaceutical services

BOSSES of two health authorities in Wales are attempting to privatise NHS pharmaceutical services.

Public service union Unison says Betsi Cadwaladr and Cardiff and Vale University Health Boards are planning “to undermine the public service ethos of the Welsh National Health Service.”

The union added that Betsi Cadwaladr plans to spend taxpayers’ money creating a new pharmacy before handing it to the private sector.

Betsi Cadwaladr says it wishes to reduce costs and save on tax while claiming that it does not have enough staff to dispense medication to the standard it would like.

Unison says NHS privatisations in England “have caused chaos for patients and staff.”

Head of health at Unison Cymru/Wales, Paul Summers, said: “Private companies have no place in the Welsh NHS. The collapse of Carillion shows the private sector doesn’t always know best and it is not more efficient than the public sector.”

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