NHS Trusts: Subsidiary Companies

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 11th July 2018.

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Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which non Foundation NHS Trusts' requests to set up their own Private Limited Company or Wholly Owned Subsidiary he approved since January 2013; and when he approved those requests.

Photo of Justin Madders Justin Madders Shadow Minister (Health and Social Care)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, which NHS (a) Trusts and (b) Foundation Trusts in England have (a) created Private Limited Companies for their outpatient pharmacy services and (b) outsourced their outpatient pharmacy services to another provider; and when each Trust made that decision.

Photo of Stephen Barclay Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

Ministers do not have a role in approving Private Limited Company or Wholly Owned Subsidiary

The NHS Act 2004 gives foundation trusts the power to establish Wholly Owned Subsidiaries and Private Limited Companies.

Neither the Department nor its arm’s length bodies holds validated information on which NHS trusts and foundation trusts in England have created Private Limited Companies for their outpatient pharmacy services and outsourced their outpatient pharmacy services to another provider; and when each trust made that decision.

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