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Compass contract with Canterbury DHB ends

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/03/2017

Canterbury DHB says 300 workers employed by Compass Group will be able to work for it when it takes food services in-house from July 1.

The current Compass Group contract expires on June 30.

"It's our intention that they will be employed by Canterbury DHB from July 1 on the same terms and conditions as their current contracts, and they will enjoy additional benefits as Canterbury DHB employees," says Canterbury DHB chief executive David Meates.

Compass has been a controversial supplier of food to hospitals as the government pushes to lower costs by using large providers who fly food in.

Last year hundreds of people dissatisfied with hospital food in Otago and Southland chanted "sack Compass" outside Dunedin Hospital.

Mr Meates said he would like to acknowledge the 13 years of service and valued relationship Canterbury DHB had with Compass.

He said Canterbury was in a unique position among DHBs in having a well-established, proven and fully owned, cook-chill production unit capable of providing bulk menu items.

The DHB had maintained food services after the February 22, 2011 earthquake when transport was disrupted.

"Our food service enjoys high levels of customer satisfaction and we won't be doing anything to jeopardise the quality of food or service," he said.

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