Wednesday, October 06, 2004

A little question

If Michael Howard thinks two of his "10 words" for Tory campaigners should be "cleaner hospitals", and that if they don't fulfil their promises they will resign, doesn't that imply a commitment to end the practice of contracting out cleaning services in the NHS and to reintegrate all NHS cleaners on the same T&Cs as comparable NHS staff? Like their union, UNISON wants? to be under the hospital's management control, more cleaning staff, and better washing facilities for visitors and staff - sounds like good common sense to me. Or does he have another magic solution? Whatever turns up on this theme in his "timetable for action", you can bet your blog contracting out won't be affected. I predict pictures of Matrons in 50s' fig. Maybe Hattie Jacques. Not much else.

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