Subsidiary company plans approved by Gloucestershire NHS Trust

Full story in The Gazette, 1 March 2018

The board of the Gloucestershire NHS trust which runs the county’s biggest hospitals has approved controversial proposals to set up a subsidiary company (SubCo) to employ almost 700 of its staff.

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chiefs say the move will help them deliver necessary savings.

But it has drawn criticism from campaigners and Stroud MP David Drew who said that it was “a first step towards fragmentation and privatisation of our NHS”.

Following the board’s agreement, the SubCo will come into force on April 1 and include staff from the trust’s estates, sterile services and materials management departments.