§ Mr. Corbyn
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much extra it will cost Redbridge district health authority to supplement the cleaning work carried out by Crothalls under the re-negotiated contract at Barking hospital by seconding nursing staff to perform certain duties previously carried out by domestics.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
The terms of the present contract between Redbridge health authority and Crothall and Co. provide, like the previous contract, for all cleaning work that needs to be undertaken at Barking hospital to be carried out by domestic staff employed by Crothall. The new contract also secures substantial savings for the authority most of which I believe they are considering spending on improved nursing staff levels at one of their hospitals.