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The professional body representing laboratory staff, the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), has expressed concerns over the plans – revealed to trade unions by Dido Harding  – for the first of … Read more

Covid-19 contracts The Covid-19 pandemic beginning in March 2020 began several months of intense contracting activity by government departments. By mid-January 2021, the UK government had awarded £21.6 bn worth of … Read more

DESPITE MOUNTING OPPOSITION the Board of Directors at Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust (HUHFT) in Hackney, east London looks set to ink a further five-year contract for ‘soft facility’ management … Read more

According to NHS figures, around half of all NHS trusts have outsourced their pharmacy services to save tax under a VAT loophole. Under the current tax law, NHS Trusts have … Read more

NHS workers in West Yorkshire are striking against a plan to transfer porters, cleaners and other support staff to a ‘wholly-owned subsidiary’ called Bradford Healthcare Facilities Management Ltd on 1 … Read more

The Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association (HCSA) discovered that changes to NHS pension tax has resulted in staff scrapping waiting list initiatives, forcing trusts to outsource at a “significantly higher … Read more

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The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has warned, in  a report published today, that private finance initiative contracts and cost pressures could present a “systemic barrier” for trusts responding to patient … Read more

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