Hospital patients in Eastleigh will, in future, have their confidential medical notes and letters typed by foreign nationals working for a private third party company thousands of miles away in India it was revealed yesterday.
Winchester and Eastleigh Health Care Trust (WEHCT) who run the Royal Hants County Hospital and is the major NHS provider in the area, announced they are to cut up to 20 secretarial and clerical posts and send the work to India – well outside the jurisdiction of British (And EU) regulatory law.
The Lib Con government had promised the NHS would be protected from spending cuts however they are looking for £20 billion of savings.
WEHCT had hired a consultancy firm at the cost of £300,000 to identify possible savings and they claim £2 million could be saved over three years by off shoring secretarial work to Asia.
Eastleigh News understands that many of the posts that are going will be ‘bank staff’ that is casual workers who were persuaded to work their socks off without benefits like pensions or sick pay in the hope they might one day be offered a full time post.
Despite their hard work and loyalty, as casuals they will not be entitled to any redundancy pay.
The news was first printed in the Daily Echo yesterday – via India –Echo owners Newsquest off shored pre production press work to Delhi two years ago.