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No cabs at Xmas will harm patients

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

GMB Warn That Contractor ISS Not Providing Cabs Over Christmas For Staff Will Harm Patient Care At Chelsea And Westminster Hospital

ISS must reverse this short sighted cut and reinstate the free cab service for staff who work while the rest of us are at home enjoying the holiday says GMB

GMB, the union for staff in the health service, is calling on private contractor ISS to reverse the decision to stop running cabs on Christmas Day and Boxing Day to bring members who look after patients at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, to and from work.

These GMB members work for ISS at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital in the wards, in catering, reception, security, portering, hosting, cleaning and many other vital roles. They travel into work from all around London including Enfield, Islington, Richmond, Haringey and Bromley.

Keith Williams, GMB Organiser said, “In previous years ISS has recognised the difficulty of travel into London early and late on Christmas Day and Boxing Day and helpfully supplied cabs to their workforce to ensure that they could reach the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to look after the patients who are so unwell that they could not be discharged over the Christmas and New Year break.

Workers at the hospital traveling to and from work are subject to delays due to weather and the reduced transport service on these days which is why employers pay for cabs. 

So this cut for lower paid GMB members will deprive them of the certainty of getting into work and home again without delay over the holiday period and will really impact the care of the patients and other NHS workers.

GMB calls on ISS to reverse this short sighted cut and reinstate the free cab service for GMB members who work while the rest of us are at home enjoying the holiday.”

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Contact: Keith Williams, GMB Organiser on 07710 631339 or GMB Press Office on 07974 251823 or 07921 289880.

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