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Hospital to privatise its services

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A London hospital is planning to transfer management of 60 surgical and theatre nurses over to the private sector, NT has learnt.

Kingston Hospital NHS Trust in south London is in advanced talks with an unnamed private company, which is bidding for a £1.6m, 10-year contract to take over management of core nursing services.

This means around 60 nurses will transfer over to the private company if the deal gets the go-ahead from the trust’s board in the New Year.

Helen Dirilen, the trust’s director of nursing and quality, said: ‘Nurses transferred over will do so on ‘retention of employment’ contracts. This means their NHS terms and conditions don’t change at all but means staff will be managed by a private sector provider.’

But nursing unions are furious at the lack of consultation over the plans. Michael Walker, Unison’s London regional officer, said: ‘There has been no consultation with staff.’

Read the full story in this week’s NT.

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