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Yeovil Hospital partner firm to employ 360 new staff

Yeovil Hospital is set to create a new company tasked with running a selection of its services and taking responsibility for around 360 of its employees.

The new firm, called Simply Serve Ltd, will take on the staff from the beginning of February 2018 and will reportedly be 100 per cent owned by the NHS and the Somerset-based hospital.

Public services union UNISON has expressed its opposition of the plan, which it suggests is a result of cost cutting measures. However, a spokesperson for Yeovil Hospital argued that its ownership of the company will ensure the protection of the 360 jobs transferring to it, while also creating a number of new medical jobs and hospital sales jobs crucial to keeping the site running smoothly.

"From February 1 Simply Serve will take on responsibility for running a range of essential non-medical services, with affected staff being transferred on the same terms and conditions they have now," the spokesperson said.

"The Trust is committed to the long term success and growth of Simply Serve, and to the quality and safety of the services it will provide to the hospital."

In a bid to reduce friction, however, the Trust has confirmed that all current staff members will remain in the same hospital jobs they currently hold, with the same colleagues and the same pay and pension conditions dictated by their contracts.

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