Blood bike volunteers replaced by private firm in £14m deal

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Chairman of WSBB Mark Lavery said: “Through our own enquiries we have found out that UHCW has chosen to pay a company for work we have previously done free-of-charge.

“We are devastated that the NHS could make such an award without consulting us.

“We have completed over 7,000 calls in all-weather conditions since we were founded in 2012 and it is estimated we have saved UHCW nearly £700,000 in that time.


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We would like to be consulted for discussion with regards to why this decision to outsource the service was made and why when Warwickshire & Solihull Blood Bikes are a team of 80 volunteer rider and drivers who are dedicated to providing a weekday out of hours service and 24/7 weekend and Bank holiday cover supporting the NHS in transporting essential Plasma, Tissue Samples, Spinal fluids, X-Rays, Licensed drugs and any other products than can be carried safely on a motorcycle to hospitals throughout the Warwickshire & Solihull area.

Blood bikes Britain in 2017 had 3,372 volunteers, 31 member groups and did 73,617 runs.

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