Protest staged over 2 nursery closures

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Campaigners in Teeside are opposing the closure of 2 day nurseries, one at Harltepool Hospital with the second at University Hospital of North Tees.

North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said the nurseries had become uneconomic to run. Unison, Britain’s largest trade union stated that the closure was “neither fair nor meaningful”.

Protesters gathered to oppose the closure at Stockholm Hospital at 11 am, where a meeting with the trusts executive board was also being held.

Fifty-four staff members will be affected by the closure and have urged the trust to reconsider its decision.

A spokesman for Unison said;

“Unison lodged a formal dispute with the trust earlier this month as this consultation is clearly neither fair nor meaningful.”

“A fixed intention to close was made long before the trust fully engaged with Unison.”

When speaking of the closures a spokesperson for North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust said:

“We have taken the decision to close our nurseries because they are no longer economic to run.”

“Because of cuts in grants we were having to subsidise the nurseries with money which should have been directed to patient care and this can no longer continue.”

“We are currently having one to one discussions with the nursery staff and we are looking to redeploy staff where possible.”

So what happens to the children and those members of staff that have dedicated their time? What if relocating is not a viable option? 

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