Say NO to Privately run Mega-Lab Say YES to NHS run Mega-lab

Say NO to Privately run Mega-Lab Say YES to NHS run Mega-lab

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New Mega-Lab in Leamington is a Privatisation Trojan Horse

Leamington Spa is the site of a new national Mega-Lab. When Warwick and Leamington MP, Matt Western, asked who owned it in Parliament, Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, insisted it would be “publicly owned and operated.” When Matt Western pressed him about it, disgraced Hancock replied it “doesn’t deserve an answer.” What disgraceful contempt.

Why isn’t the new Mega-Lab run by the existing safe and qualified NHS Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Services?

Instead it’s run by the discredited £37 billion ‘Test and Trace’ system. This isn’t the NHS. Last December, former ‘Test and Trace’ boss, Dido Harding, let slip that the Mega-lab would be run by Medacs, a private company owned by the multinational Impellam Group, chaired by former Conservative Party deputy chair and tax exile Lord Ashcroft.

·      Impellam has no expertise in medical science or laboratories.

·      The Mega-Lab makes no reference to professional approval by the Institute of Biomedical Sciences or United Kingdom Accreditation Service.

In March, Sodexo began advertising for Mega-Lab staff and now Impellam is doing so. Advertisements trumpet “a once in a lifetime opportunity to go above and beyond to support public health” But the small-print at the end says:

This job advertisement refers to an assignment with NHS Test and Trace. The Impellam Group is working in partnership with NHS Test and Trace so you will be employed on a fixed term employment basis with an Employing Agency within the Impellam Group and not directly employed by NHS Test and Trace. Employing Agencies belonging to the Impellam Group include SRG, Medacs, Lorien and Blue Arrow. Contractual employment terms and conditions will be set out by the Employing Agency.

It’s obvious this is not the NHS. All staff will be contracted out to private companies. There is no mention of NHS employment terms and conditions or NHS Pensions. The Leamington Mega-Lab is un-regulated, poaching staff from the NHS and recruiting unregistered staff.

We call on Boris Johnson’s Government to hand over the Mega-Lab to NHS Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Services, and to give these public labs the investment required to expand Covid-19 and other diagnostic services.

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