Rotherham Hospital staff could be privatised to cut costs

SUPPORTING roles at Rotherham Hospital may be privatised to save money.

Affected staff might include porters and cleaners, according to a source inside the hospital.

The worker said non-medical staff were worried about their contracts being handed to private firms.

He said: “I heard that they want to bring in an outside company. Apparently it could save them up to 20 per cent on staff costs.

“Porters, domestic and estates staff are all affected. We’re talking about hundreds of jobs. It’s a mess.”

He added: “Everyone’s mad because it affects pensions, holidays, sick pay and all sorts.

Read on… http://www.rotherhamadvertiser.co.uk/news/view,rotherham-hospital-staff-could-be-privatised-to-cut-costs_24416.htm

Jeremy Hunt faces legal action over attempts to ‘Americanise’ the NHS

Exclusive: Senior health professionals and campaigners have now come together to take legal action and demand a judicial review

Legal action is being taken against Jeremy Hunt and the Department of Health over their proposals to restructure the NHS, The Independent can reveal.

Plans have been tabled to convert the NHS into a public/private enterprise, which critics say is based upon the US private health insurance-based system.

Senior health professionals and campaigners have now come together to take legal action and demand a judicial review, to ensure full parliamentary scrutiny of the proposals.

Read on… http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/jeremy-hunt-health-department-nhs-legal-action-americanise-privatisation-customers-id-pay-a8033986.html

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