Almost 700 non-clinical staff working at NHS hospitals in Gloucestershire will be moved to a new subsidiary company.
The final decision on the proposals was taken in a behind-closed-doors meeting of the Board of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and follows weeks of protests and concerns about the plan.
In all, 675 support staff in non-clinical areas including estates and facilities, sterile services and materials management will be moved to a new commercial company from April 1.
The trust wanted to set up the company, which will be wholly NHS owned, to save money on tax.
Full Story GloucestersireLive; 1 March 2018