Trust to take back 1,500 staff after halting £200m private contract

Nottingham University Hospitals Trust will terminate a five year, £200m estates and facilities contract with Carillion by 1 April.

The company has been repeatedly criticised by the trust board and staff after it emerged nurses were needing to clean wards after Carillion staff had finished, to maintain hygiene standards.

The trust has also complained about a shortage of staff and supplies of linen, as well as the availability of equipment and portering services.

NUH said today it had “mutually agreed” with Carillion to a managed exit from the contract with services coming back in-house by 1 April.

The trust warned the company last July that unless there were improvements it would terminate the contract and has pointed to a shortage of 70 cleaning staff as the cause of some of the problems.

Full story in HSJ 1 February 2017