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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 Mr Michael Forsyth Mr Michael Forsyth , Stirling 12:00 am, 9th November 1988

What was an absolute scandal was the lack of leadership shown by the trade union movement towards the people who were in that position. The trade unions refused to take part in the competitive tendering process, and in some cases the health boards had to bring in management consultants to assist the in-house work forces make their bids. The trade unions abandoned them. Despite that, many of those in-house bids were successful. As the hon. Gentleman knows, those who lost their employment because of the introduction of private contractors have in the main, as a matter of priority, been offered jobs by the private firms concerned. As the hon. Member for Kirkcaldy (Dr. Moonie) pointed out, they are fully entitled to any redundancy payments that may arise from their length of service.