As reported in the Surrey Advertiser the RSCH has decided to out source a number of functions including housekeeping (cleaners). When the vogue for out sourcing was at its peak some years ago the RSCH, wisely to my mind, decided to keep cleaning in -house and expressed itself proud to have done so. They wished to keep a firm and direct hold of cleanliness.
The hospital has clearly changed its mind and to many it appears to have happened very quickly not least because there was no public, competitive tendering (Governors were not consulted or pre-warned). Hospital staff transferred will have their conditions safeguarded through TUPE but understandably are not happy.We must hope that cleanliness standards are upheld as of course they can be. The checks which governors have just agreed to undertake (see earlier blog) will help to ensure that.