We call on the Airedale NHS Trust Board of Directors Meeting to shelve their plans to create a private company to run hospital facilities, estates and purchasing and defer any such decision until full and widespread public consultation has been carried out.
Why is this important?
The Directors of Airedale NHS Trust are about to transfer the staff who run hospital buildings, grounds and purchasing departments into a private company.
This private company can only provide cheaper services to the hospital if it cuts corners, or cuts jobs, pay and working conditions. Lower pay and increased work will hit the morale of already overstretched NHS staff, making it hard for their families to make ends meet and the whole community. Hospital staff should be thinking about how to provide the best service for patients, not worrying about how they’re going to pay the bills.
The NHS is not only a provider of health care for all, free at the point of need but an important provider of good quality, fairly paid jobs.