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Health Protection Agency

House of Lords written question – answered on 8th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Chair, Science and Technology: Sub-Committee I (Higher education in STEM subjects)

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether staff transferred from the Health Protection Agency to either local authorities or Public Health England will retain their current NHS terms and conditions.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

We expect that staff transferring from the Health Protection Agency (HPA) to local authorities and Public Health England will retain their existing terms and conditions of employment.

Not all staff in the HPA are on National Health Service terms and conditions, although they make up approximately 90 per cent of their current workforce of around 3,600 whole time equivalent.

Transfers between sender and receiver organisations will be guided by the legal requirements of Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) and/or Country Strategic Opportunities Programme (COSOP) guidance, as appropriate. It should be noted that the Health and Social Care Bill contains general powers to effect TUPE-like transfer schemes. These powers support the principle expressed within COSOP of using a transfer scheme when COSOP applies. Any scheme would not displace the appropriate application of the TUPE regulations and both sender and receiver organisations would be likely to be involved in the development of any scheme.

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