by Heidi Stevenson
May 21, 2012
The next time you’re in a hospital, how would you like to have your food brought to you by a slave laborer? If you’re in the UK, you may find out, because slave labor has already been trialed in one hospital, and is about to become standard practice there.
The Guardian reports that the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals Trust (SWBHT), a part of the National Health Service (NHS) piloted the program with six unemployed people in consultation with the union. The trust stated that the type of work included:
… general tidying, welcoming visitors, serving drinks to patients, running errands, reading to patients and assisting with feeding patients.
… and justifies it with the statement:
We are situated in a deprived area with high unemployment and we think it is important to help get people back into work. The project gave participants the opportunity to gain confidence, training and experience, under supervision.
So why don’t they simply hire them? You know, the old-fashioned way of getting employees.
Continue reading at: http://gaia-health.com/gaia-blog/2012-05-21/uk-to-use-slave-labor-in-hospitals/