Canadian province scraps plan to privatize hospital food services

June 21, 2018

 

In a about-face months before provincial election, the Gallant Liberals have cancelled their negotiations to privatize food services in New Brunswick hospitals, according to an article on the CBC website.

Instead, health authorities will use recommendations from a joint government-union task force to make food services more efficient and less expensive.

The announcement is a reversal from early 2017, when the Liberals selected a company to negotiate with: Sodexo, the global food-services giant.

The company would have taken over running food and laundry services but would have retained public-sector employees. At the time, the government said the potential deal would include guaranteed savings of $7.9 million per year.

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