NHS Strike threat

The NHS was today facing strike action after the government awarded the German company DHL a £1.6bn contract to supply and deliver medical equipment.

From October 1, DHL and its and its Texas-based partner, Novation, will take over NHS Logistics – which supplies hospitals with food, bedding and equipment – in the biggest-ever NHS privatisation.

Hundreds of workers belonging to the largest NHS union, Unison, have already been balloted on strike action after it emerged in the summer that such a contract was in the pipeline.

Guardian Unlimited Business | | Strike threat as private firm wins £1.6bn NHS deal

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