Nurses thrown out in PFI Dome view deal
STUDENT NURSES in Greenwich face eviction from their nurses' home to make way for luxury flats overlooking the Dome. The scandal is part of a New Labour Private Finance Initiative deal to redevelop the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in south London. The PFI deal handed the Woodlands nurses' home, along with other buildings, to a private consortium.
The 60 student nurses face being evicted in the middle of their exams and forced to take more expensive, but inferior, accommodation several miles away. The nurses, members of UNISON, have voted by 98 percent to strike in protest next Monday. They have hung a banner from the home saying, "Stop the evictions", and have plastered the place with posters. Meetings to discuss action have taken place nearly every night. Student nurse Penny Bart says of the eviction, "This is a complete shock to us all. The students here are very angry and some are in tears."
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