Foundation Hosptials and Women

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2004 Health Care Service Group Conference
19 December 2003

This conference deplores the creation of Foundation Hospitals, and is particularly saddened this initiative has been introduced by a Labour Government.

Almost 80% of NHS staff are women, mainly employed in low paid jobs. Foundation hospitals will be able to offer their own pay and conditions to their staff, creating a two-tier workforce in the NHS. Women employees will bear the brunt of this new form of privatisation.

This Conference is determined to ensure that the terms and conditions (including the right to a final salary pension scheme) for employees of foundation hospitals are no less than those of current NHS employees.

This Conference calls upon the Health Care Service Group Executive to devise and implement a strategy to ensure terms and conditions for foundation hospital employees are no less than those for current NHS employees.