(2) what estimate he has made of the effects on employee numbers in the National Blood Service of the consolidation of testing and processing facilities.
Consolidation of processing and testing to six and five sites respectively will result in a reduction of around 140 posts. This is part of an anticipated overall reduction of up to 600 posts across the National Blood Service (NBS) by the end of 2010-11. The NBS intends to reduce these posts largely through non-compulsory means, including voluntary redundancy, staff turnover and vacancy control. Help will be provided for all staff affected by change to find other jobs, across NHS Blood and Transplant and the wider national health service.