AMBULANCE staff employed by notorious privateer G4S are having to operate out of a car park with no security or toilets, their union GMB revealed yesterday.
G4S, which has repeatedly come under fire for alleged abuse against detainees and young offenders, won a contract to provide non-emergency patient transport at King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen’s Hospital in Romford.
The staff’s base at Hainault in east London was shut down and staff were told to operate from a car park with no nighttime lighting or security.
Instead of providing facilities, managers suggested staff should use nearby bushes if they needed the toilet.
GMB regional officer Dave Powell said: “The crews have spoken to G4S to complain about the lack of toilet facilities and were told to ‘urinate behind a bush’, a totally unacceptable response.
“[G4S has] all but ignored GMB members’ concerns and we believe this is a serious breach of the health, safety and welfare of our members.”