PSA welcomes Hawke’s Bay DHB’s decision on food services

The PSA welcomes Hawke’s Bay District Health Board’s decision to reject Health Benefits Limited’s proposal to outsource food services to multi-national company Compass Group.

Basil Prestidge, PSA assistant national secretary, said “This is a great result for the Hawke’s Bay DHB and the people it serves. It underscores the importance of maintaining jobs in-house and close to the clients they support.

“We commend the board for conducting a robust consultation process and considering submissions opposed to the proposal, including from the PSA and other affected unions, as well as taking on board the advice of the Hawke’s Bay’s Clinical Council, Consumer Council and Māori Relationship Board which were all opposed to the change.

“We hope that other DHBs will be guided by the Hawke’s Bay DHB’s approach to focus on a holistic solution that puts clients, staff and communities, as well as the importance of supporting the local economy, at the centre of their decision-making,” said Mr Prestidge.


Basil Prestidge, PSA assistant national secretary

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Asher Goldman, PSA communications adviser

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