Friday 6 July 2018
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Hospital trust drops plans to outsource NHS staff to private company
A hospital trust has reversed its decision to outsource NHS staff to a subsidiary – or ‘subco’ – company, UNISON has announced today (Friday).
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Foundation Trust (WWLNHS) has agreed to drop plans to transfer more than 900 workers including porters, cleaners and catering staff to NHS subsidiary firm WWL Solutions.
This follows new this afternoon that Wigan Council has stepped in with a financial deal.
The plans to move staff to the new company has been the subject of a long-running campaign and dispute led by UNISON.
UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “UNISON is pleased that the trust has found an alternative to outsourcing to a private company. The decision will allow the trust to retain experienced staff who will remain as a permanent part of the NHS.
“It is fitting that this decision is made in the birthday week for the NHS. It is a tribute to the commitment and dedication of workers represented by UNISON. They now have the assurance that all parts of the service are valued as part of one team working for their patients.”
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