‘CORPORATES HIDE PROFITS IN TAX HAVENS
MARTIN HOSPITAL: MARTIN HOSPITAL houses the HEADQUARTERS OF BATH CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUP (CCG) and up to 2016, SIRONA CARE, a social enterprise which took over most of Bath social services in 2011. In November 2016, in spite of strong opposition, VIRGIN CARE was chosen over a consortium led by SIRONA for a £700 Million contract for social services and most non-hospital health services. This is the first time that adult social work services will be run for profit.
The procurement cost over 1 Million. Campaigners pointed out the serious lack of detail in VIRGIN’s bid and incredible financial claims. VIRGIN CARE was criticised by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in 2013 for using untrained receptionists to assess patients needs. BATH HEALTH chiefs said: ‘We have not been notified of these concerns. Although it has contracts worth over £1 billion since 2010 VIRGIN has paid no tax. Its parent company is based in the British Virgin Islands, which is a tax haven.
As a result of the VIRGIN CARE take-over however, St. Martins Hospital site is likely to be sold off for private housing’.
From, KEEP OUR NHS PUBLIC
NHS EXHIBITION, JULY 2017
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