In a frank item in its Yorkshire HQ’s local paper, Tunstall’s chief executive, James Buckley, revealed that up to 70 of its 550 UK-based staff will lose their jobs following a slump in sales. The company is working all its Parliamentary connections to lobby for further Government intervention to encourage councils and primary care trusts to continue the spending initiated by the Preventative Technology Grant (PTG), of which Tunstall has been a major beneficiary. Yorkshire Post item.
Comment: While all Telecare Aware readers will feel sympathy for the people that Tunstall has already made redundant this year, and the additional people about to lose their jobs, there will be readers wondering why Tunstall has found a post-PTG sales slump such a surprise when many could see the emerging signs of it as long as two years ago. (See “Telecare Soapbox: What’s wrong with the UK’s model of telecare?” September 2007.)
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