08:20 Thursday 07 November 2013

40 jobs under threat

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

Views of Burton on Trent, taken from the Coors Tower on Wellington RdHealthcare at Home, Carling Warehouse Views of Burton on Trent, taken from the Coors Tower on Wellington RdHealthcare at Home, Carling Warehouse

UP to 40 jobs are at risk after a Burton healthcare giant announced it was to uproot its pharmaceutical arm from the town.

Healthcare at Home, based in the Centrum 100 business park and employing hundreds of people in Burton, is to switch its compounding division 140 miles away to Wiltshire.

Staff affected by the move are understood to have been given the choice of transferring or face losing their jobs.

Workers at risk are responsible for developing medicine to aid cancer treatments.

Bosses said the decision had been taken to allow the company to focus on its main objective of providing care in the community.

A source close to the company was not optimistic about the future of the workforce.

He said: “Who is going to up sticks and move two-and-a-half hours down the M5? Personally, I don’t think anyone will.”

The company said a consultation was currently taking place with workers set to be affected.

The move to Wiltshire will see the firm join forces with fellow medical firm Bath ASU and Mike Gordon, chief executive of Healthcare at Home, said he was confident the move was necessary for the company to thrive.

He said: “We have always been proud of our oncology compounding unit, however, as our core business of complex, clinical care to patients at home and in the community continues to grow at a rapid rate. We want to ensure we can offer greater flexibility to our patients.

“Through their advanced research and development facilities, Bath ASU provides us with that opportunity, and we are entirely confident that this move will help us achieve our goal of enhanced patient care and customer service.”

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