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Whipps Cross hospital: ‘Work for free’

Issue No. 2273

Bosses at cash-strapped Whipps Cross hospital in east London are asking staff to work for free in a bid to save money.

Workers last week found a begging letter from their chief executive in with their payslips. It suggested they give up holidays and do extra shifts for no extra pay to help the NHS Trust reduce its £4.5 million deficit.

“We were astonished,” a Unison rep at the hospital told Socialist Worker. “We already work well beyond our hours to keep things afloat.

“Everybody wants to avoid redundancies, but this is no way to do it.”

Like many other NHS Trusts, Whipps Cross is in deep financial trouble—mostly resulting from government demands for billions of pounds of “efficiency savings”.

With so many services already cut to the bone, bosses are trying to slash staffing costs. Staff already working exhausting hours will be made to work longer—meaning increased risks.

But if the worst happens, you can be sure the bosses won’t be taking the blame.

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