Cleaners protest against proposed cut in hours at Whipps Cross Hospital in Leytonstone

Cleaners at the protest yesterday evening

Cleaners at the protest yesterday evening

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Cleaners demonstrated outside Whipps Cross Hospital in protest at plans to cut their hours.

Union Unison has warned that the proposals to cut 30 minutes from shifts of dozens of staff will reduce the cleanliness of the Leytonstone site and put patients at greater risk of picking up infections.

Workers were out in force at the protest yesterday evening, with many also angry that the cuts will reduce their low salaries yet further.

Private contractors Initial Facilities, a subsidiary of the Rentokil company, says the measures are part of a shake-up which will improve "productivity and efficiency".

It denies patient care would be at risk and that the measures are due to financial pressures.

A consultation with staff about the plans is currently on-going.

Initial employs around 300 staff at the Leytonstone hospital, including cleaners, porters and switchboard operators, and says only 36 will be affected by the proposed cuts.

Unison claims the figure is actually 41 and said it was only the first phase of a programme of cuts.

If approved, 30 minutes would be cut from seven-and-a-half hour full-time working days and three-hour part-time evening shifts.

Barts Health NHS, the trust which runs Whipps Cross Hospital, has previously refused to comment on the row.

 

 

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12:59pm Wed 20 Feb 13

Walthamster says...

The private contractors, a subsidiary of the Rentokil company, tell us that cutting cleaners' hours will improve efficiency. Ignorant people like us and the cleaners think that less cleaning will put patients' lives at risk.

Rentokil is a pest-control company. So it knows about killing things.

I didn't realise patients in hospitals were considered as pests. But it does make sense: kill off the patients and they're not using up funds that could be redistributed to share-holders!
The private contractors, a subsidiary of the Rentokil company, tell us that cutting cleaners' hours will improve efficiency. Ignorant people like us and the cleaners think that less cleaning will put patients' lives at risk. Rentokil is a pest-control company. So it knows about killing things. I didn't realise patients in hospitals were considered as pests. But it does make sense: kill off the patients and they're not using up funds that could be redistributed to share-holders! Walthamster
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2:05pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Cornbeefur says...

They should sack the lot of them.

That would focus their attention. 1700 people applied for a few jobs at a Cosco Coffee shop the other day.

There will be enough economic migrants to fill their boots in no time.
They should sack the lot of them. That would focus their attention. 1700 people applied for a few jobs at a Cosco Coffee shop the other day. There will be enough economic migrants to fill their boots in no time. Cornbeefur
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3:33pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Bernard 87 says...

We should bring back in house cleaning in hospitals and employ people who are friendly with a good command of the English language, making patients feel that bit more comfortable and welcome.
We should bring back in house cleaning in hospitals and employ people who are friendly with a good command of the English language, making patients feel that bit more comfortable and welcome. Bernard 87
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8:51pm Thu 21 Feb 13

ruby newbie says...

i discharged my son early from this hospital once because the state of it.i have no sympathy....be glad you have a job and if you realy cared you would always make sure you do your best,,,,,,after all you work in the "care" industry...........
i discharged my son early from this hospital once because the state of it.i have no sympathy....be glad you have a job and if you realy cared you would always make sure you do your best,,,,,,after all you work in the "care" industry........... ruby newbie
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