Some 40 people protested outside Luton and Dunstable hospital on Wednesday morning of last week against a new plan to privatise cleaning and housekeeping.
They held banners and placards from the Unison, NUT and Unite unions.Labour MP Kelvin Hopkins joined the protest.
Hospital bosses argue that privatisation will drive up standards by bringing in new equipment. But the new project depends on making profit. Cost-cutting will become more important than good healthcare.
Patients’ meals will now be prepared off-site, brought to the hospital then warmed up again. This brings infection risks as well as being much poorer in quantity, choices, nutritional value and taste.