By a County Press reporter
Friday, January 11, 2013
THE impact of yesterday's (Thursday) shock Camp Hill prison closure announcement on Isle of Wight NHS is being assessed by health bosses.
Karen Baker, chief executive at Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said: "This is disappointing news for the Island and difficult news for those whose livelihood will be affected.
"We will need to assess the impact of this over the next few days and discuss with a range of partners including the commissioners of our services and Isle of Wight Council.
"The Trust provides services from three Prison Primary Health Care Centres located in Albany, Camphill and Parkhurst, and from the prison in-patient unit, located in Albany."
The Isle of Wight Prison Officers Association has warned that the closure of Camp Hill puts up to 400 jobs at risk and could have a devastating impact on the Isle of Wight economy.
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by Martin Heath
14th January 2013, at 16:45:45
I think it's payback by the prison service. They were obviously miffed when the NHS at St Marys' introduced parking meters.
by neil jacks
13th January 2013, at 19:45:05
Well said peter Lewis. Its been a bad week for the company I work for too with several job losses. Makes you wonder if things will ever get better.
by Peter Lewis
13th January 2013, at 11:04:30
Setting aside the obvious issue here with job losses. Is there any need to be calling public servants who do a demanding job names? It's on par with calling the unemployed "scroungers" when the vast majority are simply people out of work desperately trying to provide for themselves and their family, I suspect manyu comments on here are from people purely tring to "troll" as response. Grow up! (Son of a prison officer, not a screw , warder or any other description PRISON OFFICER). This is a serious issue and will impact the lives of far more people than just the prison officers (and let's not forget the other staff too, it isn't just the prison officers who will be out of work), treat it with a bit more respect please.
by Mike Crowe
12th January 2013, at 17:12:10
Yes Joanne, :-( Doom and gloom :-((
by Joanne Shawyer
12th January 2013, at 16:05:03
It's been a REALLY bad week for an the employment market on the Island. The situation was already dire, it does worry me about the severe lack of opportunities here. In one week we have had job loses announced at Jessops, Artigiano, IOW Glass, Seaward Marine & Camphill !! The Isle of Wight employment black spot just got a whole lot bigger....... :(
by david walker
12th January 2013, at 12:32:52
I was asked to move by a couple of screws escorting some lowlife and had to stand and wait while they all sat comfortably. No loss.
by David Shoulder
12th January 2013, at 10:53:45
The island is already an unemployment blackspot, Jobs lost will be hard to replace.The Islands infrastructure is too limited, the Solent a major factor obviously. Why site a business here? Countless commercial and tourism sites are being converted to a housing blight. Great - mass housing - cramped roads - public services under seige - and no money because the majority are on benefits. The only future for the Island is to use its only asset - its beauty. We are going down the road of thoroughly spoiling it. A giant housing estate for people sadly unemployed. Short sighted management by public authorities.
11th January 2013, at 18:17:43
ex Con or Screw Russell?
by Russell Palin
11th January 2013, at 17:43:17
There should be no more house building on the Isle of wight until all the people who have lost jobs recently like at Camp Hill, get new jobs. Otherwise we will be an Island of unemployed. With new houses going straight to the unemployed.They keep building them, where are the jobs?
11th January 2013, at 17:35:17
Mike Crowe,demonstrating how mature he is everybody.
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