NHS Property Services: questions in Parliament hinting at privatisation

Here are just two of several questions asked and answered recently by Parliamentary Question (an opportunity unavailable to Hugo Swire – or so he says – because they conflict with his ministerial duties at the Foreign Office):

NHS PROPERTY SERVICES
13th June 2016

Sir Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had on (a) complete and (b) partial privatisation of the National Health Service’s Property Services.

George Freeman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences: The Department is always looking at ways to realise efficiencies and value for money from the use of its assets and investments, and this includes its investments in companies like NHS Property Services.

Hansard 39784

and

NHS PROPERTY SERVICES: SUSSEX
14th June 2016

Sir Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will order a review to be undertaken of the administration and operational effectiveness of NHS Property Services in (a) West Sussex and (b) Mid Sussex.

George Freeman, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Life Sciences: Review of the effectiveness of NHS Property Services’ operations in all areas of the country is an ongoing process by the Company’s Board, which includes a Departmental senior civil servant as a Director, and by officials in the Department’s Commercial Division.

Hansard 39520

http://www.nicholassoames.org.uk/content/nhs-property-services-sussex-0