Origin of plan to privatize hospital food, cleaning services debated

Liberals say they picked up where Tories left off, but CUPE backs up PC's contention they dropped idea

Jacques Poitras · Provincial Affairs reporter · CBC News February 6, 2017

A public-sector union leader is backing up the Progressive Conservatives in a battle over who first raised the idea of privatizing the management of hospital food and cleaning services.

The PC opposition has come out against a Liberal plan to let Sodexo, a global food-services company, take over the running of food and cleaning services in the province's hospitals.

The Liberals say they're following through on a process the PCs themselves launched when they were in government between 2010 and 2014.

'What Ted Flemming told us at the time, when he was the health minister, was there were no cost savings here.'

- Norma Robinson, CUPE Local 1252 president

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Is Sodexo's Food Bad For You?

Approved by Dr. Becky Maes

Short answer

Sodexo is not healthy. They are a mass produced food service company with great marketing. The food may sound healthy, but it is heavily processed and high in carbohydrates, fat, and chemicals.

Long answer

Sodexo, considered a world leader in quality of life services, is headquartered in the Paris suburbs and currently represented in over 80 different countries.  As one of the largest companies in the world, its 420,000 employees represent 130 different nationalities.  Formerly called Sodexho Alliance, the company is comprised of two separate divisions: food services and facilities management. Its revenues exceeded 15 billion euros for the first 9 months of 2015. Its US headquarters are located in Gaithersburg, MD.

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Privatization of hospital food services unlikely to help NB farmers, says NFU-NB

National Farmers Union in NB - Mar 3, 2017

Fredericton, Friday, March 3, 2017 – The National Farmers Union in NB questions how the NB provincial government’s announcement from early February to sign a ten year contract with Sodexo will support the growth of the province’s farmers and our growing local food economy.

The government has been working on concrete steps to meet the goal of getting 30% NB-produced foods into schools, with incremental steps starting in fall 2017.  The promise had been to start with the school system and then expand to the hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions once the local distribution systems and infrastructure are in place.

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Sign the petition #MyHealthMattersNB

Send a clear message to the elected government of New Brunswick that there is no room for PRIVATIZATION in the delivery of public services; there is no room for PROFIT in the delivery of public services.


CUPE SCFP 1252 English

Privatization of Health Care - Voice of the Province - March 2, 2017

Sodexo Receives an F Rating on its Quality of Food

Karina Krul, Student Life Editor • March 29, 2017

Sodexo’s nutrition was reviewed by ‘Is it bad for you.com’ and received an F rating. Sodexo provides food to over 500 school districts and 850 universities over 80 different countries, including the University of New Haven. They are considered a world leader in life services, with a headquarters in the suburbs of Paris.

Sodexo received a letter rating of an F, with a review broken down into the short answer, long answer, side effects, ingredients, and alternatives. The short answer served as a thesis-statement type diagnosis, providing the basis for the remainder of the article.

‘Is it bad for you?’ is an organization dedicated to helping people worldwide live healthier lifestyles, with a mission statement of “create awareness, give you the truth.” Their goal is to empower and educate people to live healthier lifestyles through “trustworthy and easy-to-digest information.” They have a team of medical experts, and a Board of Certified medical doctors and nutritionists who review every article.

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Privatization in Health Care

2015-07-21 CUPE 1252 Privatization in Health Care brief (PDF - 200KB)

Pay More, Get Less


In an effort to reduce costs and balance the budget, the provincial government has announced that it will contract out the management of environmental and food services in New Brunswick hospitals to one of three companies:  Sodexo, Aramark or Compass Group.  This brief is presented to the Minister of Health on behalf of the 10,900 hospital support workers in clerical, institutional and patient services as represented by CUPE 1252 to present the evidence that these three companies only spell trouble for New Brunswickers.  A review of numerous studies and media reports point to the same conclusion:  privatizing environmental and food services will only mean dirty filthy hospitals, a rise in hospital-acquired infections and poor quality food which will endanger the health and well-being of patients.  As for cost savings, those are questionable.  The “Big Three” companies, which dominate institutional services worldwide, are not known to really reduce costs for the taxpayers.  They merely shift those costs from hours of work to profits.  In some cases, they generate rising costs, in their attempt to reduce costs, competition and secure their profit margins.   Their contracts require extensive monitoring to ensure compliance, otherwise, they will deliberately evade their contractual responsibilities and any resemblance of transparency.  In addition, the government will likely incur legal fees when the eventual lawsuits take place following complaints when the health of patients is affected.

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