Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/1006/27822

From The Socialist newspaper, 22 August 2018

Keep Middlesbrough hospital staff in the NHS

NHS

NHS   (Click to enlarge)

John Malcolm, Teesside Socialist Party

Roseberry Park Hospital in Middlesbrough is a 365-bed mental health site built using a private finance initiative eight years ago at a cost of 75 million. By the end of the contract Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Health Trust will have paid out 328 million plus maintenance costs.

The construction company Laing O'Rourke cut corners and the building has major defects, including leaking roofs, problems with the water supply and faults with the security and fire alarm and safety system. Carillion, which had the maintenance contract, was unable to rectify the faults and it will now cost 50 million to put right. Every ward will have to be closed one by one and patients transferred to a new unit currently being built in the grounds.

The trust applied to the high court to cancel the contract. This is the first time this has happened and the high court recently ruled in favour of the trust, including awarding court costs.

Carillion employed about 25 workers. Since the collapse of Carillion these workers have faced insecurity over their future. The trust has set up an arm's length company, which Carillion staff were transferred into this June.

Bosses are now considering a number of options which could see the transfer of hundreds of ancillary staff out of the NHS into the new company. This is effectively another form of privatisation as their pensions, terms and conditions would be at risk and new employees would be employed on different terms and conditions, leading to a two-tier workforce.

Nationally, a number of trusts have already set up similar arms-length companies and strikes have taken place against them in Wigan and in Mid Yorkshire.

All unions representing staff at Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys are opposed to the new wholly-owned subsidiary and the Unison branch covering the trust is launching a campaign.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • We must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 22 August 2018:


What we think

Antisemitism smears against Corbyn are battering ram of the right


News

Blairites go on saving Tories - boot them all out!

Nationalise rail! Tories out!

Bosses' pay up a fifth while workers' pay falls ...

Birmingham Prison crisis: a catastrophe of cuts and privatisation

Johnson's burqa outburst highlights racist Tory hypocrisy

Tories fear housing anger... but offer no solutions


Workplace

Strategic discussion needed in civil servants' union after pay ballot

MOJ pay offer: robbing Peter to pay Peter

Victory: NHS workers say no to privatisation

London cleaners' strike: 'Pay us a living wage!'

Liebherr strike for better pay

Workplace news in brief


International socialist news and analysis

Argentina: The struggle for women's lives has been painted green!

Huge anti-government demos in Romania

Morandi Bridge disaster - private profit to blame


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Waltham Forest Labour council votes to close library - campaign goes on

Fight Leicester NHS cuts plan

Keep Middlesbrough hospital staff in the NHS

Newcastle fans protest against Mike Ashley

The Socialist sales drive - how can you help?

End Runcorn school PFI rip off

Huge but chaotic Brighton Pride needs to be politicised

Building Fund boost

Why I joined the Socialist Party: "I was searching for an alternative to this system"

Revolt and Rebellion West London walk success


Opinion

Ahed Tamimi - worldwide symbol of self-esteem in face of oppression

Union bureaucracies, soviets and workers' power

The Socialist Inbox


 

Home   |   The Socialist 22 August 2018   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

Middlesbrough:

triangleTheatre: Ballad of Johnny Longstaff

triangleSchool sexism

triangleRed doors and wristbands scandal

triangleSteely anger in Redcar as plant is mothballed

triangleWorkplace news in brief

NHS:

triangleNHS workers - vote yes for action to win a decent pay rise

triangleNHS Critical

triangleBehind the rural idyll - the problems of everyday life

triangleSelling the Socialist

Hospital:

triangleTory plans won't fix social care

triangleSocial care funding needed now

triangleSolidarity Appeal: Support the Berlin hospital strike

Carillion:

triangleCapitalism fails NHS services in Liverpool: scrap PFI!

triangleWeak Tories must go. General election now!

Health:

triangleCovid-19: New variant emerges but same old capitalist disease

Privatisation:

triangleGPs vote to reject government plans

Reports and campaigns

Reports and campaigns

2/12/21

Napo

Napo ballots for trade dispute, but members need strategy for industrial action

1/12/21

UCU

Higher education disputes

1/12/21

Scunthorpe

Welcome support for striking Scunthorpe scaffolders

1/12/21

Violence against women

Plymouth: Hundreds attend vigil for Bobbi-Anne McLeod

1/12/21

Education

Education unions lead campaign against Leicester academisation

1/12/21

RMT

RMT strikes against abolition of night tube train operators

1/12/21

Stagecoach

South Yorkshire Stagecoach drivers strike against measly 1% pay offer

1/12/21

Pay

Nottingham and Mansfield trade unions rally against cuts and for better pay

1/12/21

School

Oaks Park school strike ends following forced concessions

1/12/21

Cuts

Building a political alternative to Tory and Labour cuts

1/12/21

Socialist Students

Stop the cuts to Uni arts funding

1/12/21

Fighting Fund

Socialism 2021: How we reached our fighting fund appeal target

1/12/21

Poverty

End fuel poverty

1/12/21

Students

Staff and students unite against university bosses' attacks

1/12/21

Housing

Housing campaigners protest CEO champagners

triangleMore Reports and campaigns articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


December 2021

November 2021

October 2021

September 2021

August 2021

July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999