Nearly 100 jobs could be cut at Brighton hospital

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Hospital workers are facing a bleak Christmas with news that scores of jobs could be lost.

The private contractor responsible for running non-medical services at Brighton and University Hospitals NHS Trust is consulting on changes to its workforce.

Sodexo only took over the contract for catering, cleaning, maintenance, portering and laundry services at Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton and Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath on December 1.

More than 100 NHS workers and 524 contract staff not already employed by Sodexo were transferred to the private company with their same terms and conditions.

The GMB union says it understands up to 96 jobs will be lost over the coming months.

In addition, the union says Sodexo will also seek to reduce the contracted hours of the remaining staff and to change job descriptions, roles and rosters.

GMB organiser Gary Palmer said: “Housekeeping at the hospital is as important as front line services and we are greatly concerned that patient safety will be put at risk by the reduction of staffing levels, which Sodexo is proposing to make.

“We will do everything we can through ongoing discussions with Sodexo to protect the jobs of our members, and in doing so, ensure that patients are not put at risk from these ill-conceived planned job cuts.”

Hours cut

The union says the changes will lead not only to compulsory redundancies, but other members of staff will be forced to leave because of cuts to their hours or changes in their shifts that would make it harder to cope with issues like childcare.

A Sodexo spokesman said: “No definite decisions have been made and none will be until that consultation is completed, but our intention is to explore every option available to minimise potential redundancies.

“We appreciate that this is a difficult time with the holiday period approaching, but unfortunately the timing is unavoidable as our contract began this month and must be operating optimally as soon as possible.”

Sodexo’s four year contract, worth £15million a year, is one of the largest of its kind.

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6:18pm Fri 14 Dec 12

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

Typical promise no jobs will be lost,sign the contract then say thank you now you can p---s off we've got our £15 million a year, (disgusting)
Typical promise no jobs will be lost,sign the contract then say thank you now you can p---s off we've got our £15 million a year, (disgusting) PETE OF QUEENS PARK
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6:41pm Fri 14 Dec 12

rayellerton says...

bet very few will be from the many layers of management, facilitators or outreachers....as usual it will be workers at the sharp end!
bet very few will be from the many layers of management, facilitators or outreachers....as usual it will be workers at the sharp end! rayellerton
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6:49pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Low paid workers being chucked on the scrap heap.
What a lovely Christmas gift.
Low paid workers being chucked on the scrap heap. What a lovely Christmas gift. Maxwell's Ghost
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7:17pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Ballroom Blitz says...

Great for patients too. So more filthy, uncleaned wards, and more wards closed due to various 'bugs'. Unbelievably short sighted Tory toss.
Great for patients too. So more filthy, uncleaned wards, and more wards closed due to various 'bugs'. Unbelievably short sighted Tory toss. Ballroom Blitz
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8:05am Sat 15 Dec 12

whereisthe...? says...

Exactly what was predicted of this Coalition's behaviour. Shameful.
Exactly what was predicted of this Coalition's behaviour. Shameful. whereisthe...?
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8:25am Sat 15 Dec 12

mimseycal says...

Who signs these contracts for crying out loud! Breach the contract ... get rid of the clowns and bring the housekeeping back under direct control!
Who signs these contracts for crying out loud! Breach the contract ... get rid of the clowns and bring the housekeeping back under direct control! mimseycal
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9:06am Sat 15 Dec 12

hammerfan says...

I work in the NHS. No statement has been made by Sodexo or anyone else!
These has been NO MENTION of job losses.
This is scaremongering by the unions!
I work in the NHS. No statement has been made by Sodexo or anyone else! These has been NO MENTION of job losses. This is scaremongering by the unions! hammerfan
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9:59am Sat 15 Dec 12

mimseycal says...

Is Sodexo, one month after signing a highly lucrative contract, consulting on changes in its workforce?
Is Sodexo, one month after signing a highly lucrative contract, consulting on changes in its workforce? mimseycal
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12:38pm Sat 15 Dec 12

Hove Actually says...

Normal Sodexo behaviour quote low, win the contract then cheapen the service to make the profit.

Remember you get what you pay for.
Normal Sodexo behaviour quote low, win the contract then cheapen the service to make the profit. Remember you get what you pay for. Hove Actually
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2:02pm Sun 16 Dec 12

Spurs1 says...

I work at the hospital. Any company that got the contract would have had to cut some jobs, it was asked for by the trust. The GMB union are completely ineffectual at this hospital and this is just an excuse by their rep to scare people at the hospital into joining their union. In our meetings with them they tried to bully us into signing up with them by saying it was the only way we would keep our jobs. Taking advantage of our younger, foreign workers, who sadly seemed to believe them. They are only getting these stories in your paper because they really have no influence are quite frankly ridiculous. Any question we asked was greeted with a "we don't have that information"...sums the GMB up really.
I work at the hospital. Any company that got the contract would have had to cut some jobs, it was asked for by the trust. The GMB union are completely ineffectual at this hospital and this is just an excuse by their rep to scare people at the hospital into joining their union. In our meetings with them they tried to bully us into signing up with them by saying it was the only way we would keep our jobs. Taking advantage of our younger, foreign workers, who sadly seemed to believe them. They are only getting these stories in your paper because they really have no influence are quite frankly ridiculous. Any question we asked was greeted with a "we don't have that information"...sums the GMB up really. Spurs1
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