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Government working to 'minimise NHS disruption' amid Carillion bankruptcy

Fourteen hospital trusts are affected by the high-profile liquidiation of public service contractor Carillion, the Government has said.

Carillion says on its website that it is ‘a leading provider to the [NHS] and we are associated with some of the country’s largest and most prestigious NHS [t]rusts who rely on us to deliver services that are critical for the safe care of over three million patients each year’.

The construction giant provides facilities management to the hospitals in question, and the Department of Health and Social Care said NHS Improvement is working ‘intensively’ with the trusts to ‘minimise disruption’ resulting from Carillion’s bankruptcy.

The DHSC said that in most cases the services are subcontracted so that the company that holds the contract with trusts remains responsible for providing the services. It also said all trusts and companies involved have ‘strong contingency plans’ in place.

The Government also has an agreement with the Official Receiver to ensure that Carillion workers in public sector contracts will continue to be paid.

A DHSC spokesperson said: ‘The hospital regulator NHS Improvement has been helping trusts with planning and will continue to work intensively with trusts over the coming days. We will continue to support all organisations involved to minimise disruption.’

It comes as hospitals across the country are experiencing a particularly tough winter, with A&E departments buckling under patient demand.

Readers' comments (5)

  • Vinci Ho

    Once this 'nuclear bomb' is dropped , it is all about asking more questions than providing answers . Locally in here , it is about the construction of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital , completion of which has already been delayed repeatedly. Read this if you are interested :

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  • This collapse might be the most spectacular but it's hardly the first time outsourcing has let us down in the NHS. For reasons only known to themselves (cough corruption

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  • Carrilion is just another example of a corrupt system where there is no accountability and cronies are given contracts even when it is clear, as in this particular case, that they are drowning and beyond redemption.
    Whether it is Carrilion or NHS - the modus operandi is the same. Keep it up Tories and the next generations will never be able to forget (or forgive) you for this mayhem and total dismantling of NHS.

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  • Carillion the ultimate example of the benefits of federations and working at scale.Shocking.

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    Carillion .. is that how much debt they were planning to escape with
    (as opposed to billion)
    sure many dis well out of this collapse
    I smell corruption

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