CKNW radio interview spotlights health care privateer Sodexho’s links to filthy Glasgow hospital scandal

You can hear it by surfing to http://www.cknw.com/audiovault.html Select the Tuesday March 12, 2 p.m. time slot, and scroll to 34 minutes through the program segment for the beginning of the interview.

The multination private health services company Sodexho, hired recently as a cost-cutting consultant by B.C.’s Northern Health Authority, came under scrutiny Tuesday in an extensive CKNW radio interview that probed the company’s links to a filthy hospital scandal erupting in Glasgow, Scotland at facilities where Sodexho provides privatized housekeeping services.

Newspaper reporter John McCann, the Glasgow Evening Times journalist who exposed the filthy conditions at the hospitals where Sodexho is under contract, was featured for about 20 minutes, providing the latest insights into the scandal.

And you can hear the interview in full by going to the CKNW audio vault by clicking http://www.cknw.com/audiovault.html. Select the Tuesday March 12, 2 p.m. time slot, and scroll to 34 minutes through the program segment for the beginning of the interview.

Your computer must have a sound card and speakers for you to listen in. Required software is Real Player, which is a common audio streaming program. If you don’t have it, you can download a free trial version on the CKNW site.

Other Glasgow newspaper articles pinpoint the low wages Sodexho pays (about $9 an hour for housekeepers) as well as huge staffing cuts that are at the root of the filthy cleanliness standards at the hospitals.

HEU secretary-business manager Chris Allnutt renewed the call for the Northern Authority to fire Sodexho—which had been hired by Premier Gordon Campbell’s handpicked regional health czar as consultants to revamp delivery of support services.

“This Glasgow story is a sobering eye opener for British Columbians about the track records of multinational corporations like Sodexho that Gordon Campbell and health minister Colin Hansen want to bring into our province to run privatized health care services,” Allnutt says.

Allnutt says HEU will continue with its investigation in the operating practices of companies like Sodexho and Aramark, its U.S.-multinational competitor.