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VAT Avoidance Brookson / Plus Us

Roy Millar made this Freedom of Information request to The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, 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

Heywood, Martin, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Millar

 

Thank you for your FOI request which is receiving attention.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Martin Heywood

Legal Services Manager

 

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust Gayton Road
Kings Lynn

PE30 4ET

Email: [1][email address]

Tel: 01553 613521

Fax : 01553 613426

Web : [2]www.qehkl.nhs.uk <[3]http://www.qehkl.nhs.uk>

 

 

 

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Heywood, Martin, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King's Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Millar

We do not hold all the information you have requested and in some cases the information does not yet exist because management decisions have not yet been taken. However, what we can say is:

1. Currently if doctors ask to use a different company from Brookson/+you there is probably not much we can do to stop them.
2. This is ongoing and we are exploring all options - no decision yet taken.
3. Again, we are looking into this, but no decision yet taken.
4. Again we are exploring all options .
5. No firm decision has been arrived at on this point at the time of writing.

Yours sincerely

Martin Heywood
Legal Services Manager

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn NHS Foundation Trust
Gayton Road
Kings Lynn
PE30 4ET
Email: [email address]
Tel: 01553 613521
Fax : 01553 613426
Web : www.qehkl.nhs.uk

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