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VIRGIN AND OTHER COMPANIES BIDDING TO PRIVATISE THE TAXPAYER-SUBSIDISED NHS AVOID PAYING UK TAX

 

Tax avoidance is “at the very core” of companies, like Virgin, bidding for NHS contracts.

 

Virgin Care among firms with lucrative NHS deals and a tax haven status - Guardian

 

Unite The Union on Tax Avoidance

 

(a section from the article below)

 

Unite general secretary Len McCluskey said: “It’s a national scandal that firms can bid for cancer treatment contracts while scheming how to siphon their profits out of the country into far flung tax havens.

 

“To make matters even worse many of these companies are US companies, or have strong US investment links, which means that the government could be prevented from taking their NHS contracts back into the public sector unless the NHS is exempted from the trade deal TTIP.”

 

“Good government should do everything possible to protect  taxpayer funded public services like the NHS from companies with links to tax havens. But the Tory government’s warped Health and Social Care Act has opened up the door to private companies with dubious tax arrangements.

 

“Despite the NHS being under huge financial strain the coalition government is behaving like an accomplice to private companies with  tax avoidance structures in place.

 

Richard Murphy said: “What the structure of many of these businesses shows is that tax planning is at the very core of their activities. This is the wrong priority for companies working in the state funded NHS where the tax contribution everyone makes, including from those who supply NHS services, is vital to the continuing health of the nation.”

 

 

 

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