Tuesday 27 November 2018
For immediate release
UNISON comments on new guidance for creation of NHS subsidiary companies
Commenting on the new guidance issued by NHS Improvement for trusts considering creating subsidiaries, UNISON head of health Sara Gorton said: “The guidance is a step in the right direction but could have gone much further.
“While there now is a requirement for trusts to report any plans for subsidiary companies, the guidance fails to ensure such plans are truly transparent and made public from the outset. Engaging with staff is a start but what is really needed is their full support before anything goes ahead.
“The new rules should be enough to stop most trusts from arbitrarily setting up new companies that cause more harm for staff and patients than good. But this will depend on NHS Improvement being serious and strict about enforcing the guidance. UNISON will be making full use of this guidance in our scrutiny of any future trust plans to set up subsidiaries.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.