by Tim Lezard The GMB has called on Carillion to settle the long-running dispute at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon after the publication of a damning report on the company by hospital bosses. The Chief Executive of the Great Western Hospitals NH …
The GMB has called on Carillion to settle the long-running dispute at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon after the publication of a damning report on the company by hospital bosses.
The Chief Executive of the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Nerissa Vaughan, has written a paper criticising Carillion for its poor hygiene, poor cleanliness and ongoing employee relations issues.
She said: “It is increasingly frustrating and disappointing that serious issues regularly arise and the Trust now lacks the confidence in Carillion neither in being able to resolve these issues once and for all, nor in their ability to foresee and prevent other, as yet unknown issues, from impacting on patient services.”
The Board has summonsed “the most senior representation” from Carillion to explain the company’s plan to resolve the issues.
GMB regional officer Kevin Brandstatter said: “This report completely vindicates everything GMB has said about Carillion since we were first approached by staff seeking our support in 2011 and throughout the subsequent long-running dispute.
“We call on Carillion to heed this chorus of criticism from the NHS Trust and to talk to us to settle the dispute and get on with delivering the service they are paid to provide.
“The Trust is well aware of the industrial relations issues on site and must be concerned by the high number of discrimination claims lodged with the Employment Tribunal, which are damaging to the reputation of the Trust.
“The report drives a coach and horses through the notion that private companies such as Carillion should have any role to play in the health service and is a damning indictment of the Private Finance Initiative.
“Great Western Hospital in Swindon is just one of 150,000 properties around the world where Carillion provide facilities management and support services. Even if the top managers are very good they cannot properly look after that vast number of buildings. Carillion’s main aim from the very start has been to line their pockets with cash from Swindon Hospital.
“As soon as it can, the Trust should end its relationship with Carillion and take these services in house to be run by directly employed and properly accountable staff in the interests of patients and not in the interests of profit.
“Swindon GMB branch and GMB representatives working for Carillion have stuck with the campaign to alert the public of Swindon to the appalling service provided by Carillion, in the face of corporate bullying of the highest order.
“What we are seeing in Swindon is the same high-handed arrogance that gave rise to 224 construction workers from around the UK being blacklisted by Carillion. They have yet to apologise for this or compensate their victims”.
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