Ipswich Unemployed Action.

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Workfare used in Hospitals?

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Quacking Plums reports,

Read this.

If this is true then it warrants investigation right fucking now!

This is too horrible to countenance. Do you want unqualified workfare employees working in hospitals?

I’m posting this to spread the word. Let’s get the facts on this. I don’t have more to say, but this could potentially be the biggest story of the moment – if the right wing dominated media get their act together and do their jobs properly.

The original story (from The Green Benches by Dr Éoin Clarke (PhD))

It cites this:

Jobcentre Plus & Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospitals Trust have teamed up to place unpaid unemployed workers in their hospitals. After a days assessment and induction at Sandwell College, the untrained and inexperienced personnel are placed in the hospital for period of up to 8 weeks unpaid. During this time they provide refreshments to patients and transport medicines. The participants for the most part enjoyed the experience and in fact 33% of those placed actually secured jobs as a result. This however is besides the point. Freezing the recruitment of staff & replacing them with untrained staff is a deliberate downgrading & de-skilling of the workforce.

We expect that many more stories are about to break, as the media and politicians seem to have lost interest in unpaid Workfare for the moment.


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  1. The guardian are looking into this apparently, so they tell me.
    I’m sure that shitbag Lansley will deny this with his usual charm and warmth.
    I’m equally sure he could tell me that grass was green and I’d want a second opinion.
    This is really worrying stuff.


    May 10, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    • Good to hear that.

      The really controversial wave of Workfare is going to come when they try to use the compulsory Community Action Programme, on a large scale, to plug the holes in social and Council provision left by the cuts.

      Andrew Coates

      May 10, 2012 at 1:29 pm

  2. A couple of months ago the woman who runs the job search sessions at the Lowestoft Seetec went on holiday for the week. Rather than hiring someone to take her place they put a young girl on a work placement and left her by herself unsupervised to cover for her.


    May 10, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    • And they wonder why nobody takes their ‘courses’ seriously.

      Andrew Coates

      May 11, 2012 at 11:59 am

  3. Eoin Clarke of the Green Benches blog goes on to write about numerous NHS staff having their hours cut and having pay reduced, he writes:

    Thousands of NHS staff in every corner of England are having their pay packets arbitrarily cut and if they put up a fight they are simply being threatened with being sacked. I have received countless private approaches from medical professionals at almost every pay grade in the last fortnight complaining that they were threatened with the sack if they did not acquiesce.

    Among those worst affected are hospitality and cleaning staff. Workers at Derriford Hospital are in talks with Serco who summarily cut the hours of workers costing them up to half of their salaries (see here). In addition, Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge has told 600 hospital and cleaning staff they must take a pay cut or lose their job (see here)…….

    This all HAS to hit the media – surely even the likes of the Mail and Express would be jumping and frothing…Glad to hear Guardian is on to it.


    May 10, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    • Doctors are well-over paid as it is, £250,000 a year for sitting on your backside telling severely ill people to “go home and take and aspirin”. Same goes for the fat cat greedy copper that were on strike today.

      NHS Patient

      May 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    • We’ve done our best to publicise it.

      The media though, well a few months ago they were contacting us, and every site/activist, on the unemployment front.


      Andrew Coates

      May 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm



    May 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

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