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Strike fear at hospital

SOLIHULL Hospital could grind to a halt if unsettled workers decide to go on strike.

SOLIHULL Hospital could grind to a halt if unsettled workers decide to go on strike.

Staff at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust - which runs Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals - are concerned about plans to buy in services.

If hospital bosses go ahead with the plans, then around 1000 porters and cleaners could take industrial action.

In the New Year, managers will be looking to see if private firms can offer cheaper options in the domestic and portering departments. These services are currently provided in-house at Solihull and Good Hope and the idea has worried existing staff. At Heartlands, services are contracted out to the private outfit Initial UK Hospital Services.

Ray Salmon, regional Unison spokesman, said: “There is a lot of unrest at the moment and the union is keeping a close eye on the tenders going out in the New Year.

“We have more problems with private companies. They are slower to react to changes in demand.”

Lisa Dunn, Heart of England director, said: “We are committed to maintaining a high level of cleanliness within our hospitals. Initial currently provide the cleaning and portering services to Heartlands Hospital only.”

 

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