Full story on Open Democracy, 19 September 2018

NHS trusts in England are setting up wholly owned subsidiaries (WOSs) in a bid to avoid tax. And the dangers inherent in are becoming increasingly apparent in terms of threats to patient services and jobs.

Worryingly there are about 40 of these entities announced or already up-and-running in England’s NHS – for estates staff (from management to electricians) as well as porters, cleaners and other key support staff. Many out-patient pharmacies in hospitals have gone the same way.

But there are signs the tide is finally turning. Tees Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust has just announced it has ditched its plans to create a wholly owned subsidiary.

Dear Reader,

If you like our content please support our campaigning journalism to protect health care for all. 

Our goal is to inform people, hold our politicians to account and help to build change through evidence based ideas.

Everyone should have access to comprehensive healthcare, but our NHS needs support. You can help us to continue to counter bad policy, battle neglect of the NHS and correct dangerous mis-infomation.

Supporters of the NHS are crucial in sustaining our health service and with your help we will be able to engage more people in securing its future.

Please donate to help support our campaigning NHS research and  journalism.                              

Comments are closed.