NHS subsidiary companies costing millions

Subsidiary companies costing millions of pounds have been set up by NHS Trusts across England. Using a Freedom of Information (FoI) request, UNISON has revealed that NHS trusts are shelling-out huge amounts of money on consultants. These companies are advising trusts on setting up wholly owned subsidiaries, to which staff are then outsourced. UNISON says […]

“Sad day” as subco takes over Gloucestershire NHS estates and facilities

UNISON has condemned the transfer of 675 Gloucestershire NHS staff into a new company, scheduled to go ahead this Sunday. Porters, cleaners and sterile services workers will no longer be part of the NHS once they transfer into “Gloucestershire Managed Services”. Although hospital bosses have claimed staff will keep their NHS pay and benefits, the […]

UNISON “disappointed” as 1000 Great Western Hospital staff move to new company

1000 NHS staff from Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust will transfer to a new limited liability partnership this Sunday. Nurses, occupational therapists, and physiotherapists at GWH received letters on 9 March confirming their employer would change to “Wiltshire Health and Care LLP”. Affected staff work in wards and in the community across Wiltshire. The new organisation […]

UNISON vows to fight on as Gloucestershire subco transfer date announced

  The Gloucestershire SubCo transfer date for around 700 NHS staff was confirmed as 1 April 2018 at a meeting of the Trust board last night. Commenting on the Board’s decision, UNISON organiser Michael Sweetman said: “Rushing the decision through on such short notice shows the Trust bosses are panicking. Staff were given just a […]

Joint Union Statement on Gloucestershire SubCo Board Decision

Unison, Unite the Union and the Royal College of Nursing are appalled that the Board of Gloucestershire Hospitals has chosen to proceed with its plan to transfer 750 of its lowest-paid staff outside the NHS. In doing so the Board of the Trust has ignored the views of the 900 staff who signed the petition […]

Unions lead rally to stop the Gloucestershire subco plan

Trade unions will this Wednesday hold a rally to stop the Gloucestershire subco plan to transfer 750 NHS staff into a separate company. Sign up to attend the rally on Facebook Health campaigners will assemble outside a meeting of Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS trust governors who are set to discuss the proposals at their meeting that […]

Yeovil Hospital in breach of licence

Moving 350 NHS staff into a Trust-owned private company has put Yeovil hospital in breach of licence. In a letter to NHS regulators, UNISON argues the Trust’s decisions must be investigated. Writing to NHS Improvement, UNISON set out Yeovil hospital’s failure to comply with the licencing requirement to have due regard for the NHS Constitution. […]

Victory for NHS campaigners as Southmead privatisation scrapped

Campaigning by NHS staff and trade unions has seen plans for Southmead privatisation scrapped by the hospital board. NHS staff and trade unions have welcomed news from North Bristol Trust ditching plans to outsource hundreds of workers. Over 1800 NBT staff signed a petition coordinated by UNISON against the subsidiary company (subco). Bristol’s four Labour MPs […]

Yeovil hospital staff transfer to private company marred by secrecy and grievance

Today 350 Yeovil hospital staff transfer to private company “Simply Serve” and lose their NHS badges. A group of staff have lodged a collective grievance against the hospital for the way they have handled the transfer to the subco set up by the Trust. In an unprecedented move, Trust bosses have banned a scheduled event […]

Time called on NHS subco outsourcing plans after Carillion collapse

The collapse of Carillion shows the risk to workers and service users from outsourcing, public service union UNISON has today told NHS bosses. The union is now calling for plans drawn up by South West health trusts to outsource thousands of staff into “subsidiary companies” (subcos) to be paused and reviewed in light of the […]

Southmead NHS crisis “absolutely terrible”

Leaked memos from senior hospital management show the scale of the Southmead NHS crisis. The situation at Southmead hospital is replicated across other South West NHS trusts currently on Black Alert. Black alert means a hospital has run out of space or staff and is taking extraordinary measures. This can include diverting emergency patients to […]

Fate of 350 Yeovil hospital staff to be decided at board meeting

Board members at Yeovil Hospital will this Wednesday vote on the fate of 350 employees set to be transferred into “Simply Serve”. A management plan to set up a subsidiary company would outsource the workers into Simply Serve, a separate organisation. If Board members go along with the plans the workers would lose their NHS […]

plan to outsource 350 Yeovil hospital staff

Trust dodges scrutiny of plan to outsource 350 Yeovil hospital staff

Management at Yeovil District Hospital are under fire from staff in public service union UNISON after refusing to release details of their plan to outsource 350 Yeovil hospital staff. If Trust bosses succeed, the 350 estates and facilities staff and hospital buildings will move into a “subsidiary company”. The Trust will initially own the “subco” […]

Gloucestershire NHS plan to outsource 900 staff must stop

The board of Gloucestershire Hospitals Trust will this Wednesday (8 November) hold secret talks on the Gloucestershire NHS plan to outsource 900 staff into a subsidiary company. In a bid to cut costs, the Trust wants to pursue an alleged VAT saving by selling services to itself. Managers have been open about their desire to […]