Carrick MP calls on first minister to safeguard Girvan jobs

Corri Wilson, SNP candidate for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.
Corri Wilson, SNP candidate for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock.

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP Corri Wilson has expressed her concern at the proposed closure of one of the two Guardian Surgical plants in Ayrshire.

Formerly known as BDF Healthcare, the plants in Girvan and Patna produce single use surgical textiles and sterile dental equipment for the healthcare sector.

Staff at the two sites were informed on Tuesday that up to 100 jobs are under threat after the company announced plans to relocate one of its Ayrshire factories to China as a cost cutting measure.

Corri Wilson MP said: “I have today written to both the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon and the Managing Director of Guardian Surgical, in a bid to get this decision reversed.

“Both Patna and Girvan need these jobs and it would be devastating for either community to lose them. The staff at both plants are highly skilled, and I hope to convince the company to think again on this decision.

“This is truly heart-breaking news for the workforce, who are now forced into a thirty day limbo while the company consults on the options. I have asked for an urgent meeting with them to see if there is any way we can get this decision overturned, and to emphasise the importance of supporting their staff through such a difficult time.

“I want the staff at both plants to know that I will do everything I can to safeguard their jobs.”