NHS Providers response to the consultation on proposed extension to the review of subsidiaries

We welcome this consultation as it gives the opportunity to bring clarity and consistency to policy around wholly owned subsidiaries (WOS), as well as legitimise their use in the NHS.

Although it will be helpful to clarify the national rules for WOSs, we note that NHS Improvement's (NHSI's) request in September 2018 for any plans under development to be paused was disruptive to some trusts' finance, workforce and operational strategies. While the four-week timescale for this consultation is shorter than would be ideal, we hope it will enable NHSI to allow advanced WOS plans to progress quickly.

We are pleased to see the commitment to reviewing these proposals after a year and look forward to working with NHSI to ensure the experiences of the provider sector are fed into the review.

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