Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

22 JUL 2019

EDM 802

Thank you for writing to me about wholly owned subsidiary companies in the NHS.

These are wholly owned by the NHS rather than external private companies and currently there are around 42 Trusts using these. This does not represent privatisation in the sense that this is often used elsewhere because any profits remain within the NHS. In some cases these appear to bring tax advantages for Trusts but I do not think it is right for staff formerly employed directly by the NHS to lose access to pension and other benefits.

Most of these subsidiaries are involved with providing services to the NHS such as maintenance and cleaning for example but staff employed in these roles should have the same rights to access NHS conditions of service in my view.

Foundation trusts do have the legal powers to set up these subsidiary companies but will now have greater oversight from NHS Improvement.

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