VAT Avoidance Brookson / Plus Us

Roy Millar made this Freedom of Information request to Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

Following the announcement from HMRC requiring VAT be paid on agency doctors supplied to the trust by Brooksons/+us, can you confirm;
1. Whether agency doctors are still being, (a) mandated to or, (b) requested to work through the Brooksons/+us shell arrangement?
2. Whether the trust intends to seek compensation for breach of contract by Brooksons/+us and /or rely on any indemnity provided by Brooksons/+us should HMRC seek to recover backdated taxes?
3. Whether nationally procured contracts endorsed by NHS Improvement and HM Treasury will now be used by locum services from one or more agencies or a neutral vendor?
4. Whether the trust intends to use a newly modified service with the same provider to try to continue to avoid or mitigate VAT, and please share any legal and tax advice that you have sought?
5. Whether the trust considers the contract with this provider is void on the basis that the contract specification can no longer be met and any changes proposed to the supply model would be so material as to render it void?

Yours faithfully,

Roy Millar

Crane, Shelley, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Millar

Following your request for information, please see the attached acknowledgment letter.

Kind regards
Shelley

Shelley Crane| Systems Access Administrator
Tel: 01223 348262| Ext: 348262| www.cuh.org.uk
Information Governance| eHospital | Box number 153
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust | Addenbrooke's Hospital
Cambridge Biomedical Campus | Hills Road | Cambridge | CB2 0QQ
The Trust is: part of the National Institute for Health Research - Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre | and a member of Cambridge University Health Partners
This email is confidential, see www.cuh.org.uk/email_disclaimer.html

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Gunasena, Prasadini, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Millar

Following your request for information, please see the attached Clarification letter.
Please accept my apologies for coming back with a clarification request as we have sent your request to the relevant department for a response, they have requested this to be provided.

Kind Regards

Prasa

Prasadini Gunasena | Information Governance Coordinator
Tel: 01223 348697| www.cuh.org.uk
Information Governance| eHospital | Box number 153
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust | Addenbrooke's Hospital
Cambridge Biomedical Campus | Hills Road | Cambridge | CB2 0QQ

The Trust is: part of the National Institute for Health Research - Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre I
and a member of Cambridge University Health Partners
 
This email is confidential, see www.cuh.org.uk/email_disclaimer.html

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Dr Colin Iain Campbell MBChB FRSPH left an annotation ()

Dear Original Requester,

Following with interest. You should be aware that clarification requests such as this stop the clock and can be used by public bodies in an attempt to avoid answering.

That question highlighted by the trust is probably ambiguous as many direct engagement aggressive tax avoidance schemes appear in Frameworks. Yet the frameworks include cop out clauses claiming they take no responsibility for the VAT advice of the products they provide/help procure.

This whole area is a mess and is haemorrhaging vast amounts of money out of our NHS.

I'd suggest email back telling them you'll skip this question but wish the other answers. I'll follow with interest. Failure to respond let's them dodge answering

Kind regards,

Dr I Campbell

Dr Colin Iain Campbell MBChB FRSPH left an annotation ()

Hi Roy,

I've placed my own request requesting this information for you as yours stalled due to their requesting clarification (which stops the clock and allows public bodies to avoid answering).

If you are interested look at my requests and you will find the resposne to your FOI there when they finally respond.

Kind regards,
Dr Colin Iain Campbell