NHS England has a number of contracts with Carillion, the giant outsourcing corporation that has just gone into compulsory liquidation. 14 NHS Trusts receive services from Carillion. For 13 of these, Carillion plc was subcontracted by a PFI provider to operate some hard (such as building maintenance) or soft (such as catering, cleaning or portering) facilities management services.
Three trusts also directly contracted with Carillion to provide services (two for hard facilities management services, one for soft facilities management services and one for car parking management). In addition, there are a number of smaller primary and community care properties with services sub-contracted to Carillion. The corporation is also involved in two sites for health facilities under construction.
It’s expected that the Official Receiver will prioritise the continuity of vital public services. A fast-track investigation is to be launched look at the conduct of directors – both previous and those in charge at the time of company’s insolvency.
For more information about out-sourcing and the NHS, see Turning the NHS into a market