Scrutiny and regulation of the NHS’s use of wholly owned subsidiary companies will be strengthened to ensure trusts do not set up such bodies “solely” for tax avoidance purposes.

HSJ can reveal the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS Improvement are planning to launch a consultation about wholly owned subsidiary companies in the NHS, amid a drive to gain stronger “central oversight” of how and why trusts establish and run the companies.

Thousands of staff, often cleaners, porters, and maintenance workers, are being transferred from the NHS into wholly owned subsidiary companies at a growing number of trusts….read more

HSJ: 23 July 2018

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