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Fragmentation in the NHS

17 Jan 2018

Some of our local hospital trusts are drawing up plans to potentially run non-clinical services under a private company.

Trusts including Airedale, Harrogate and District and Bradford Teaching have all discussed plans to transfer some non-clinical and non-medical staff to a ‘wholly owned subsidiary’.

Local MPs have voiced concerns at these proposals and Unison have held a local indicative ballot to determine whether their members would consider industrial action over the issue.

Although RCN members are unlikely to be directly affected by a move of this nature, we are keen to monitor this development. There are some genuine concerns that transferring staff in this way could ultimately impact on terms and conditions, freeing the employer from nationally-agreed NHS rates of pay and benefits as well as further fragmenting the NHS.  

Staff side representatives have asked employers to offer a full rationale for the proposals.

If you have any concerns or information about your employer making changes then please do contact the RCN regional office for guidance.