23. Mar, 2018


This is how a two-tier workforce is created: first, outsource cleaners, porters etc; guarantee terms and conditions, but not for new staff, meaning that over time, those services employ staff on worse pay and conditions. The result? What starts as a way to avoid VAT ends in a backdoor privatisation. This should not be allowed to happen in our NHS. Labour are challenging it and demanding an end to the VAT loophole being used by NHS Trusts.

Chiefs in eight trusts have have set up private companies and transferred 3,000 support staff such as cleaners and porters into them