The cumulative impact of the UK Government's decisions means that our budget has been cut by £1.7 billion in real terms since 2010-11.
The impact of these cuts on all public services, including the NHS, is inescapable. We know that health boards are facing unprecedented levels of demand and additional burdens, and have responded by increasing the health budget in Wales by £570m over three years.
Cardiff and Vale Health Board is not making 400 members of staff redundant. Faced with increasing demands against a backdrop of austerity, it is modernising and creating more efficient systems and ways of working. As a result of these changes, some staff are being redeployed, some are taking voluntary early release, and where posts are no longer needed, those posts are being removed. We are reassured that compulsory redundancy will affect a very small number of staff, as a last resort.
UNISON members from across South Wales plan to demonstrate today against jobs cuts being proposed by the Cardiff and Vale health board.
A petition will be delivered to the National Assembly for Wales as part of the campaign to protect jobs and services says the union.
The board is aiming to reduce staff by 380 by next March.
The Chief Executive of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board says fewer than 40 staff are at risk of compulsory redundancy.
Mike Jones of UNISON said, "We know the Welsh government has aimed to work in partnership with the unions and the NHS around these budget pressures and we applaud them for that. Unfortunately Cardiff and Vale has decided to go their own way - that is frustrating and demoralising.**
"In our view, cutting jobs flies in the face of the staffing issues raised in the Francis report. We know that staffing levels are key to the sustainability of good quality safe services and there are certain clinical areas being considered that lead us to have serious concerns," he said.**
The University has taken steps to minimise the impact and plan to maintain services as far as possible. All University buildings will be open. There may be some minimal disruption to opening times for some University buildings, postal services and teaching. Any changes to the teaching schedule will be communicated directly via Academic Schools.
"It is regrettable that the Trade Unions have decided to take this action. Pay negotiations are conducted at a UK level and we would encourage the Trade Unions to continue dialogue within the agreed national procedures."
It is regrettable that the Trade Unions have decided to take this action. Pay negotiations are conducted at a UK level and we would encourage the Trade Unions to continue dialogue within the agreed national procedures.
Higher Education workers are due take strike action this morning in response to a pay offer of a 1%.
UNISON Cymru says it will be taking industrial action and holding a picket line at Cardiff University alongside Unite and University and College Union.
Simon Dunn, UNISON Cymru/Wales higher education lead, said, "Some of our members in higher education are not even paid a living wage and most have experienced a real term drop in wages of almost 15%. That is bound to have a devastating impact on people's lives.
"And to add further insult to injury, Chief Executives' and Vice Chancellors' pay is extremely generous, with the highest paid vice chancellor in Wales receiving £264,000 a year."
Hywel Dda Health Board has denied health union claims that it is cancelling operations this winter to save money.
But it says some surgery - such as knee and hip replacements - will be postponed.
The health board says it has a responsibility to ensure continued safe care at this time of increased pressure and is putting plans in place now to respond to the anticipated increase in activity over the winter.
Dr Phil Kloer, Director of Clinical Services, said, “There have been too many operations cancelled at the last minute due to emergency admissions. In previous winters, we had up to 160 additional beds in place often being managed by temporary staff. This is not a position we can sustain this year.
”We would like to reassure patients that if they have an urgent clinical need they will be seen. Emergency and cancer procedures, the vast majority of orthopaedic day surgery and other elective procedures will also continue.”
The health service union, UNISON, claims all planned orthopaedic surgery for four main hospitals in the Hywel Dda Health Board area have been cancelled until April 2014.
It says the hospitals affected will be Prince Philip, Glangwili, Bronglais and Withybush Hospitals.
Unison says the health board has to make financial savings and as a result hip and knee replacements will be cancelled.
UNISON Branch Chairperson, Wendy Evans, said, “The Health Board already has a waiting time of 15 months for patients awaiting orthopaedic surgery. This will clearly add at least another five to six months to their waiting time, causing further distress."
The union says it has written to the Health Minister, Mr Mark Drakeford to complain about the decision.