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United Voice and the Health Services Union are continuing their campaign against the Barnett Government’s plans to privatise our hospitals. The Barnett Government has chosen Serco as the preferred tender to privately manage over 30 essential services at the new Fiona Stanley Hospital, including cleaning, record keeping, and sterilisation of instruments.

A month ago the unions announced the discovery of a report by an independent UK inspectorate into a hospital in Scotland run by Serco. During that inspection 6 of the 8 wards failed basic hygiene standards.

The Barnett Government has repeatedly refused to present the business case for the privatisation of Fiona Stanley Hospital, despite repeated requests in Parliament by Shadow Health Spokesperson Roger Cook and Freedom Of Information requests from United Voice.

In 2011 the community campaign has intensified with United Voice wearing t-shirts at work in hospitals twice a week bearing the message “Mr. Premier – don’t privatise our hospitals”. The t-shirts generated enormous public and media interest. The Government in desperation began formally warning staff for wearing them, the first step towards sacking them for wearing a t-shirt.

HSU and United Voice members in hospitals have vowed to keep up the fight and will be wearing large badges every day of the week, with the same privatisation message. Concerned local community members around Fiona Stanley Hospital have recently launched the Save Fiona Stanley Hospital Action Group.  The group can regularly be seen protesting outside the offices of Mike Nahan MLA for Riverton and Joe Francis MLA for Jandakot, and leafleting at nearby local shopping centres. Dave Hume, the Convenor of the Group, can be contacted on 0459 456 358 or e-mail at noprivatisation@gmail.com

As 2011 rolls on, we will renew our focus on the planned Midland Health Campus. MHC was originally planned by the previous Labor Government to be a public replacement for the aging Swan Districts Health Campus. The current State Government received a record funding boost from the Labor Federal Government to part pay for the build.

Now the Barnett Government wants to take that taxpayer money and construct a private facility, depriving the Midland area of a public hospital. It’s a betrayal of the local community, and a betrayal of the existing staff. Our public hospitals are important to all of us.  They should remain In Public Hands. Visit www.inpublichands.com.au  to keep up to date with the campaign.

If you can help in any way, please contact Dave Hume on 0459 456 358 or e-mail at noprivatisation@gmail.com

 
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