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Health Services: Procurement

Volume 488: debated on Monday 23 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the provisions of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006 apply to staff contracted under the national retail model for equipment services to provide (a) complex and (b) simple aids for daily living. (257485)

The decision to implement the national retail model for equipment services is a matter for local authorities and their health partners.

Part of the decision-making process will involve a staff impact assessment to determine the impact of the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) (TUPE) regulations on staff contracted under the national retail model.

Local authorities and their health partners will also need to take their own legal advice in relation to TUPE and other employment legislation that relates to their employees or to the terms of outsourced contracts.