Government to sell NHS Professionals?
The Huffington Post UK reports that Christina McAnea, head of health at the UNISON trade union, says: “The Government's plan to sell off its own NHS recruitment agency makes no sense. NHS Professionals was set up because private companies were ripping off hospitals by charging outrageous fees for recruiting or finding staff for shifts.
“The Government has no interest in the future of our National Health Service. And their obsession with selling it to the private sector has no limit. Bit by bit, they are exploring options to break up the service. This dangerous experiment will only result in a fragmented system that will put the future of the NHS at risk.”
According to its 2013 Annual Report NHS Professionals' has recovered from a £6.7m loss in 2009-10 to become profitable, making an aggregated profit of around £11.0 million since then. A spokeswoman from the Department of Health later said: "To make the NHS safer and more efficient we want to improve the way it uses temporary staff and reduce its reliance on expensive agency workers. We have commissioned a study looking at a range of options, including the future of NHS Professionals, which we [will] carefully consider before making any decisions."