Presented by Leader Cllr Grant Davey and supported by Full Council
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.
(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;