Charlotte says “Together we are standing up for what we believe in and this has made all the difference.” click here to read more of Charlotte Monro’s statement.
No attack on the right to speak out
– Safeguard the NHS
Charlotte Monro is a well-respected, longstanding staff member and trade union representative at Whipps Cross Hospital. In 2009 Charlotte received a special award from the Trust for her tireless efforts to defend services. The new Barts Health Trust has now dismissed her because she continued to do so!
Hundreds of staff are being down-graded and services across East London are being cut. As Unison Branch Chair, Charlotte raised concerns of staff over the impact of cuts on patient care with Waltham Forest Health Scrutiny Committee, and discussed the cuts with her union members.
For this she has been sacked! This is an attack on the right to speak out in the NHS, and on the rights of health staff to organise in trade unions and to campaign for services. We believe a climate of silencing staff through intimidation has no place in a caring service.
The NHS belongs to all of us. The voice of communities, patients, the health staff and their representatives must be heard, and our contribution to determining the future of services and the NHS be secured. Informed and open debate is needed in a climate of confidence.
Charlotte and NHS campaigners stand united outside the Royal London Hospital
Watch NHS campaigners confront Barts NHS Health Trust board about Charlotte’s dismissal
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Dave Prentis, General Secretary of Unison has issued this statement of support (May 2014) click here
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Click here to see an interview with Charlotte featured in the BBC’s coverage of a report in January 2014 by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) which has found that Staff members at all levels and across all sites of Barts Health NHS trust have expressed concerns about being bullied.