Unite, Britain’s biggest union, has called for action after the union exposed revelations about how NHS rules that prevent tax-avoiding private companies from securing NHS contracts are being scrapped due to nervousness about litigation by global corporations.
Unite has exposed how some clinical commissioning croups (CCGs) have tried to block companies from bidding for work if they use convoluted tax structures. But Bristol CCG is now in the process of scrapping the rules for fear of legal action by global corporations that use tax avoidance structures. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/nhs-rules-preventing-tax-avoiding-companies-from-securing-health-care-contracts-scrapped-a6861576.html
To make matters worse EU bureaucrats are trying to get a trade deal called TTIP agreed this year. The deal will give corporations with US investors, which have their sights on the NHS, even more rights to litigate against the UK government. The Conservative government holds legal advice on the impact of TTIP on the NHS but has blocked a number of Freedom Of Information requests to make the advice public. http://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/26/anger-government-blocks-ttip-legal-documents-nhs-health-service.
Unite national officer Colenzo Jarret Thorpe said: “Allowing Google style tax arrangements in the NHS is a genuine national scandal. The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt has left the door open for tax avoiders to scoop up NHS contracts. They can even threaten the NHS with legal action if commissioners put preventative measures in place to ensure companies pay their fair share of tax.
“Worse still the government is doing nothing to stop US investors getting even more rights to litigate against the UK through the trade deal TTIP. The Conservative government holds legal advice on the impact of TTIP on the NHS but has blocked a number of requests to make the advice public. Without action the NHS is on the road to irreversible privatisation.”
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Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey