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No To Outsourcing At East Sussex NHS

Friday, January 9, 2015

GMB To Campaign Against New 2015 Outsourcing Programme In East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Proposals seen by union could mean a large amount of support services and staff facing outsourcing to private sector profiteers says GMB.

GMB, the union for staff at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (ESHT), is set to campaign against plan to outsource Occupational Health, the Nursery services, and the continued Market Testing of non-clinical and Soft Facility Management (FM) services in 2015.

Gary Palmer, GMB Organiser, said “GMB has been aware that the Trust has been planning cuts and outsourcing since creating a new role for Market Testing Director. But it has now become clear that 2015 is to be the year that management look to press ahead with large scale outsourcing and give away large sections of non–clinical NHS services to the lowest bidders.

The Trust’s outsourcing plans for non-clinical services during 2015 have now come to light in an ESHT staff briefing.

The Trust has invited external providers to tender to provide Occupational Health Services in conjunction with Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. The Trust has also requested bids for an external provider to operate the current in-house Nursery services at both Conquest and Eastbourne hospitals. 

The Trust also state that over the coming months it expected recommendations to the board from the current phase of Market Testing programs of both soft and hard FM NHS services support outsourcing.

These proposals have sent alarm bells ringing around the Trust. Together this could mean a large amount of support services and staff facing being given over to private profiteers.

GMB oppose all forms of privatisation and outsourcing of NHS services. GMB will consult members working in any of the threatened areas within the Trust immediately. We will assess how to protect against threats to jobs and services resulting from this program of market testing and private procurements.

The Trust must learn that they simply cannot simply opt to cut and sell their way out of the hospital’s current financial crisis. It is never going to be a long term solution for their managerial incompetence and frankly it’s just too high a price to pay for staff, patients and public."


Contact: Gary Palmer GMB Organiser 07552165950, Mark Turner GMB Branch Secretary 07860787973 or Charles Harrity, GMB Senior Organiser on 07977518042 or GMB press office 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823



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