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UNISON Slams Agencies

UNISON Slams Agencies
The Department of Health has announced that it would be exploring private-sector investment options for NHS Professionals, which is currently state-owned and charges up to half the fees of private agencies for providing nurses to the health service.The union, Unison has accused the government of promoting privatisation and hiving off parts of the NHS to private companies, and Karen Jennings, UNISON Head of Health, had these scathing words to say, The whole reason that NHS Professionals was set up, was because private agencies were ripping off hospitals by charging them outrageous fees for recruiting or finding staff for shifts.** It makes no sense at all to bring back private companies who will want their slice of the action in return. This proposal is purely about Tory plans to promote privatisation and hive off parts of the NHS to private companies, regardless of the consequences on patient care. At a time when hospitals are being forced to make huge savings pushing up staffing costs unnecessarily is very damaging. A sell-off may bring a short-term cash injection, but cost NHS Trusts vast sums in the longer term.With around 50,000 nurses, doctors and clerical staff on its books, NHS Professionals currently provides workers for approximately two million shifts a year at 77 health trusts.NHS professionals was established as a direct competitor to private-sector agencies after it was piloted regionally in 2000 and subsequently rolled out nationally in 2004.
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