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Contracted-out frontline support staff at Neath-Port Talbot Hospital to return to NHS

Health Minister Edwina Hart yesterday Tuesday, 10 March approved plans to bring ‘hotel services’ staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital back into NHS employment.

The staff who provide services from cleaning to catering, moved to a private company when the Private Finance Initiative-funded hospital opened in 2002.

The development of the hospital was approved in principle by the previous Welsh Office, with the full plans approved in 1999 and it replaced Neath General Hospital and Port Talbot Hospital.

The One Wales document commits the Welsh Assembly Government to end competitive tendering for NHS cleaning contracts and eliminate the use of the private sector in the NHS.

These 250 support staff at the hospital will now be in line with others at Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University NHS Trust providing the same services.

Mrs Hart said:

The Assembly Government is committed to maintaining an NHS that is publicly funded and managed.

As the contract for providing these services was up for renewal, it provided an opportunity for the Trust to consider its options for the future. In line with our commitment, and to improve efficiency in the long term, the Trust has moved these staff back to the NHS.

I believe that this will improve patient care and improve the career opportunities for staff.

ABM University NHS Trust Chairman, Win Griffiths, said:

We are delighted the 250 staff at Neath Port Talbot Hospital who provide services like housekeeping; portering; car parking; security; catering; cleaning and operating the switchboard will be brought back into NHS employment.

I would also like to say a warm thank you to the private firms which have delivered these services, working in close partnership with us since 2002. It has been a very successful partnership which has resulted in high standards of service which we are confident will continue in future.

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