Outsourced NHS workers who are members of Liverpool Hospitals Health UNISON branch are campaigning for ALL NHS staff and services at Liverpool Hospitals to be brought back in-house. This would result in a multitude of benefits for patients and staff alike.
You can help make this aspiration a reality by writing to your local MP and the CEO of your local NHS Trust by using our template letters below. Please do personalise these as much as you can, it's always more impactful if you refer to your own experiences of working in the NHS or using the local hospital. Our template letter is written from the perspective of an outsourced NHS worker- if you are employed by the NHS or are a supporter who does not work within the health service, please edit the template letter accordingly.
Please send one email/letter to your local MP and one email/letter to the CEO of your local NHS Trust. Thank you for your support.
Dear [insert name of local MP or NHS Trust CEO here],
Currently, hundreds of hospital cleaners, caterers and security guards working at Aintree University Hospital, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool Women’s Hospital and Broadgreen Hospital are employed by private companies.
We are employed by private contractors Compass Medirest, ISS and OCS and as a result, we are at a disadvantage compared with NHS employees.
Like all of our health service colleagues, we’ve put ourselves at increased risk this year whilst working to keep patients safe.
We don’t want a medal, we just want to be treated equally with our colleagues who are employed by NHS. We deserve proper pay and working conditions so that we can deliver a high quality service for Liverpool patients.
We do some of the most vital jobs within our health service. We cook patients’ food, keep the hospital clean and protect patients and staff.
Yet currently, we are being treated like second class citizens. There is only one way that companies such as Compass, ISS and OCS can make a profit within the NHS and that’s by cost-cutting. This means that hospital staff employed by private contractors like us receive lower pay and worse working conditions than colleagues employed directly by the NHS. It is morally wrong.
But it’s not just hospital staff who are getting a raw deal. Compass, ISS and OCS prioritise profit over people- they bid for NHS contracts, then they cut costs and patients pay the price. If we brought these services in-house, we could deliver a higher quality service, with more staff on shift, better hospital food and safer hospitals.
I'm writing to you to ask for your support for our campaign. Please could you get back in touch with me to let me know whether you support the in-sourcing of all NHS hospital services in Liverpool.
Thank you for your support. Yours sincerely,
[Insert your name here]
How to find your local MP's email address
You can find your local MP by typing your postcode in to this website. Then click on your MP's name and you will be taken to a page with their contact details, including their email address.
List of NHS Trust CEO's address/email addresses
Kathy Thomson, Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust, Crown Street, L8 7SS: email@example.com
Steve Warburton, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Trust, Aintree University Hospital, Lower Lane, L9 7AL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hayley Citrine, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust, Lower Lane, Fazakerley, L9 7LJ: email@example.com
Jane Tomkinson, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, Thomas Drive, L9 7LJ: firstname.lastname@example.org
Steve Warburton, Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Prescot Street, L7 8XP: email@example.com