Under the plans, new staff employed by the subsidiary firms may not be employed on NHS terms and conditions, and may no longer be guaranteed NHS pensions [Image: Amer Ghazzal / Barcroft Images].

Health trusts have been accused of taking a first step towards privatisation by transferring the employment of support staff to new subsidiary companies.

At least three NHS foundation trusts in Yorkshire, the West Country and northern England have set up firms with the intention of taking thousands of workers off the NHS’s books.

It means that a staff member whose employment is transferred to the new companies will no longer be an NHS employee, even if they have been guaranteed their current working conditions.

New staff employed by the subsidiary companies may not be employed on NHS terms and conditions, and may no longer be guaranteed NHS pensions.

The plans have angered Labour and the unions, who say they open the door to driving down wages, pensions and conditions of thousands of NHS staff, which will inevitably drive service standards down.

Source: NHS trusts accused of backdoor privatisation over subsidiary firms | Society | The Guardian


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