Plans to restructure the blood transfusion service should be halted, health union Unite has said.

The union says the planned move threatens 170 jobs and has been planned before the restructured blood service centres are able to take on the work.

It claims a planned “super centre” in Filton, north Bristol, has deferred taking on work from the service’s Birmingham centre, which is set to stop processing blood next month, and this work has had to be distributed among three other centres.

Difficulty

The union claims the Bristol centre has also had difficulty processing work already transferred from Southampton and Plymouth.

Unite said it had written to the service’s director of patient services Clove Ronaldson urging him to put on hold similar plans for centres in Yorkshire and London, which will see a centre currently based in Leeds having its work split between Sheffield and Newcastle and work done in both north and south London being centralised in Colindale, north London.