Thursday 20 September 2018 / 11:05 AM Health / Jonathan Ashworth

Temporary halt of new NHS subsidiary companies is a victory for trade union and community campaigning – Ashworth

Jonathan Ashworth MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Secretary, responding to news that NHS Improvement has ordered a temporary halt to the introduction of new NHS Subsidiary Companies which have threatened thousands of NHS jobs, said:

“This is a victory for positive trade union and community campaigning.

“It makes no sense whatsoever for NHS trusts to try to save money by transferring staff out of the public sector. It’s a sign of just how stretched NHS finances have become that hospitals are reaching for ever more complicated schemes to try to save money.

“Labour has repeatedly warned that these companies undermine national pay and terms and conditions in the NHS and create a two tier workforce. Potentially thousands of NHS staff would see their jobs effectively privatised and their terms and conditions put at risk.

“Ministers should step in now and protect the NHS workforce by permanently ruling out the introduction of subsidiary companies into the NHS.”