11:07 Wednesday 18 December 2013

Jobs uncertainty after latest change at health giant

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

FURTHER uncertainty surrounds the future of workers at a Burton healthcare giant after it emerged it is to transfer its logistics operation to a separate company.

Healthcare at Home’s transport and warehouse department will now be handled by Movianto UK in a deal it says will offer it ‘enhance delivery coverage across the UK’ and improve service for its customers.

The firm has launched a consultation with around 50 workers thought to be affected but said it ‘anticipates’ all staff will be transferred to Movianto.

But the move creates further uncertainty for workers at the health giant, which is based in the Centrum 100 business park and employs hundreds of people in Burton, in the run up to Christmas after 40 jobs were put at risk in its pharmaceutical department last month.

Healthcare at Home announced it was to uproot its pharmaceutical arm from the town 140 miles away to Wiltshire.

Staff affected by the switch are understood to have been given the choice of transferring or face losing their jobs, with the latest development only adding to the uncertainty among workers at the firm.

Mike Gordon, chief executive of Healthcare at Home, said he was confident the latest change would benefit its customers and allow the company to focus on its core objective of providing care in the community.

He said:“We are continually innovating and looking for new opportunities to improve and extend the service that we offer to our patients.

“We chose Movianto because of their impeccable track record and customer service.

“We are confident that our patients and customers will continue to benefit from the great service we have offered them over the years.

“This move allows us, Healthcare at Home, to focus and continue investing in our core mission of delivering complex, out-of-hospital clinical services to patients and their families.”

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