NHS Logistics, the award-winning not-for-profit hospital supplier, is facing strike action over plans to outsource its distribution operations to DHL.
A spokesperson for Unison, the UK health workers union, said that staff at all five of NHS Logistic’s distribution centres will be ballotted and strike action could follow as early as September.
Karen Jennings, Unison head of health said: “NHS Logistics is an award-winning organisation – an NHS success story delivering a first class service. The government’s decision to privatise it is driven by pure dogma and an obsession with market testing.”
Health Minister Andy Burnham said: “We are committed to finding an arrangement which will be better for the service and provide better value for money and therefore allow greater investment in patient care services whilst offering protection to staff.”