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Hospitals (Competitive Tendering)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th November 1988.

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Photo of Gavin Strang Gavin Strang , Edinburgh East 12:00 am, 9th November 1988

Is it not an absolute scandal that more than 800 ancillary workers are being sacked by the Lothian health board to make way for private contractors? How does the Minister justify that action? Many of those women have given more than 20 years' dedicated service to the board. Is the Minister proud of the fact that they have been offered jobs inferior to those they have at present, sometimes involving less than half the number of hours that they currently work?