NHS: India

Health written question – answered on 27th March 2007.

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Photo of Iain Wright Iain Wright Labour, Hartlepool

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to outsource a proportion of the NHS's accounting and finance jobs to India; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Minister of State (Department of Health) (Delivery and Quality)

There are no plans to outsource a set proportion of the national health service's accounting and finance jobs to India. NHS shared Business Services Ltd. (SBS) is a 50:50 joint venture with Xansa, a listed plc, which offers a range of finance and accounting services to the NHS on a commercial basis.

It is for each trust to decide if it wants to contract for these services, a decision which will be based on price, quality and service. Given that the United Kingdom business is based in Wakefield, a decision to contract with NHS SBS results in staff being displaced locally.

NHS SBS, on receiving the contracted work, without the staff necessary to undertake the work, must make decisions as to whether to allocate that work to UK based staff or sub-contract it to India.

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Keith Jones
Posted on 28 Mar 2007 5:04 pm (Report this annotation)

It should be made illegal to outsource any government financial activity outside the boundaries of the United Kingdom. Taxpayers money should be recirculated within the taxpaying country. Paying Indians to account for UK tax-payments into and out of the NHS is yet another betrayal by this treacherous government.