Hundreds of NHS staff forcibly moved to a private company, says UNISON

Moving 350 NHS staff into a Trust-owned private company has put Yeovil hospital in breach of licence, public service union UNISON has set out.

In a letter to NHS regulators, UNISON argues the Trust’s decisions must be investigated.

Writing to NHS Improvement, UNISON set out Yeovil hospital’s failure to comply with the licencing requirement to have due regard for the NHS Constitution. The Constitution, which establishes what NHS patients and staff can expect from the service, states that NHS Trusts must “engage staff in decisions that affect them and the services they provide”.

But Yeovil Trust bosses never asked their staff about the decision to set up the subco. In written responses to UNISON, senior managers stated they had no intention to consult any staff. This included the 350 about to be transferred out of the NHS.

This puts Yeovil Hospital in breach of licence because a condition of operation for NHS Trusts is to take “all reasonable precautions” against failing to meet standards. One of these is the need to pay attention to the NHS Constitution. In Yeovil, senior managers failed to explain why they would not abide by the requirement to take staff views into account.

UNISON has requested NHS Improvement investigate Yeovil’s error as a matter of urgency. The union is calling for the subco process to be frozen while the investigation goes on.

Source: Hundreds of NHS staff forcibly moved to a private company, says UNISON


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6 thoughts on “Hundreds of NHS staff forcibly moved to a private company, says UNISON

  1. tony

    There doing this at the RUH hospital in Bath where I’m a cleaner. None of the staff want it and I’ve just heard that eighty members of staff will loose there onsite accommodation in the next couple of months due to the hospital wanting to bring foreign nurses in. I’m also one of these members of staff who will be made homeless. I’m really pissed of with the way the RUH are treating there lower paid staff.

  2. rotzeichen

    Clearly the government is accelerating their privatisation process and this is the next phase.

    Gone is the pretence that the Tories aren’t privatising the NHS, people are aware the Tories have been lying all along, the rush now is get as much into the private sector as possible before the government crashes. Hoping that we will all sit back and just accept it.

    This is a criminal act by people that have no respect for its citizens. Wake up Britain you can do something about this.

  3. Bob Archer

    A full national strike will do it, if the unions and the people agree. It has always been, and always will be, the only time the evil tories sit up and take notice. If we dont, privatisation will be speeded up, and there will be nothing left to save. Cmon people, or your children will surely suffer. And while your at it, check how much private insurance will cost you. A family of four, 2 kids 2 adults, will set you back £200 a month. And if you claim, and by some miracle you get paid out, your premiums will go up. You have been warned.

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