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Privatization of hospital services prevented in New Brunswick

Hospital privatization has been blocked in New Brunswick. The New Brunswick government officially rejected the Sodexo takeover of management of food, cleaning and patient portering services in New Brunswick hospitals. “After petitions, rallies, meetings, citizen advocacy, our efforts to halt privatization have been successful,” said Norma Robinson, President of CUPE 1252, the New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions.

Source: Canadian Union of Public Employees

The New Brunswick government is backing off from plans of privatisation in hospitals

The New Brunswick government is backing off from plans to privatise housekeeping, food services and patient transportation in hospitals. “The province intended to entrust their management for 10 years to the French multinational Sodexo. Negotiations are currently in abeyance, confirmed the Minister of Health Benoît Bourque in an interview with Acadie Nouvelle. ‘The contract is not signed yet. We are not going at the moment.’ The minister has taken a softer position than his predecessor, Victor Boudreau. The latter had repeated for several months that he would not retreat and that the reform would be completed, despite the opposition of Vitalité and the hospital unions.”

Source: Acadie Nouvelle

The awful state of the probation service

Retired probation officer Margaret Locklan writes in to the Newcastle Journal to detail the awful state of the probation service since it was partly privatized. “Most of the community rehabilitation companies are huge international companies with no experience of the justice system, such as Sodexo, which is failing to control one of the first privatized prisons - HMP Northumberland. The Probation Service, until privatization, was the only public service which had achieved a gold standard award for the quality of work. Since the changes, huge numbers of probation staff have lost their jobs, with a reduced intake replacing them in many cases, with unqualified and inexperienced staff, on lower wages, many on short term agency contracts. Offices have been sold and replaced by unfit-for-purpose buildings, open plan, shared with other organizations, no privacy for interview, no protection of staff and public; IT systems have been changed and are not working properly. Court reports are becoming increasingly oral and no longer have the detail required for magistrates to impose appropriate sentences. It is more difficult to assess domestic abuse, and perpetrators are often allowed to return to the abused family.” [Newcastle Journal, 14 June 2017]

Source: peopleoverprof.it