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Trusts set up private companies to save vital staff.

Dozens of NHS hospital trusts across England are looking at (or already have) set up private companies in which to transfer swathes of vital NHS staff and assets.

The moves are, according to Trusts, an attempt to save money through a supposed VAT loophole designed to promote outsourcing, as well as savings on staff pay, terms and conditions. They are also – an aspect overlooked in the coverage to date – supposed to promote a greater focus on “commercialising” hospital assets.

Unions and staff are up in arms about the damaging impact of these subsidiary companies in creating a two tier, demoralised workforce whose goodwill and co-operation our doctors and nurses rely on every day to keep hospitals clean, safe, and well-equipped.

Full Story at Open Democracy, 26 February 2018

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