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Director Quits Over Hospital's Privatisation Plans

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8:15am 30th May 2014

A non-executive director on the board at Cornwall's biggest hospital has quit over plans to move some staff to a private company.

Rik Evans made the announcement after officials met to discuss things like cleaning, laundry and porters.

Around four thousand people have signed a petition to keep them in house - which was handed in on Thursday.

Bosses say a final decision is expected in June.

Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals' Trust, Lezli Boswell, said: "We can confirm that the Trust is engaged in a market test of its hotel services. Responses to the tender process have been discussed by the RCHT Board and it is our intention to make an announcement on the future service model in June.

"We currently remain in a procurement process and therefore any announcement about a final decision is premature. The Trust Board does now have a preferred service model and provider and we will be able to say more about this in a few weeks.
"We have followed due process throughout this procurement project and will continue to do so - sharing information as and when appropriate. Our priority is to ensure high quality services for patients and effective use of public money."
Speaking about Rik Evans' resignation, Angela Ballatti, RCHT Chairman said: "We want to thank Rik Evans for his service to Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust and respect his anticipated decision to resign today on principle about potential changes to the way hotel services are provided.

"We currently remain in a procurement process and therefore any announcement about a final decision is premature. The Trust Board does now have a preferred service model and provider and we will be able to say more about this in a few weeks.

"I recognise that not everyone will agree with our position but all other Trust Board members firmly believe that we have made the right decision for the patients and families we serve. Our priority will always be to continually improve services and we will continue to make decisions based on quality and sustainability."

8:15am 30th May 2014

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