Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2018
Imran Hussain Labour, Bradford East
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, whether there are mechanisms in place to prevent the sale of wholly owned subsidiaries established by NHS Trusts to external private companies.
Stephen Barclay Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)
Legislation permitting foundation trusts to set up subsidiary companies has been in place since 2004 and specific restrictions on subsequent sale were not put in place at that time or subsequently. We would expect any proposals to make a sale to be reported to NHS Improvement who would be able to intervene if appropriate.