Patient’s Indian Takeaway

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.

At least Judy Saunders £80k p.a job as Director of Human Resources is safe thank goodness!

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.

Photo: WEHCT

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  4 comments for “Patient’s Indian Takeaway

  1. November 14, 2010 at 12:46 am

    यह सब न्याय. मैं तुमसे पूछता हूँ, यह वास्तव में एक अच्छा विचार काटने लागत है.

  2. Andy Lombardi
    November 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

    @ Mr Myatt

    Not so much the cutting of costs, more like the patient confidentiality?

    In all justice.

  3. PETER STEWART
    November 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    I am so appalled by this I wrote a blog about it (see http://www.eastleighnews.org.uk://?p=4309)

  4. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    November 15, 2010 at 11:30 am

    Well, speaking as a patient I would rather that my confidential medical details are retained within the UK.
    It’s a question of accountability. Staff in the UK are bound by UK regulations – staff in India are not.
    On the subject of cost saving, the people whose jobs are going already earn the least.
    Those who are casual part time (bank staff) probably earn in the region of £6k to £7k.
    Compare this with the salaries the top five trust directors whose combined wage bill last year was £675,000 – thats BEFORE pension benefits.
    I know where I would start pruning costs…its at the top.

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