Commenting on reports that certain administrative duties have been outsourced to a company based in the Philippines by South Tees NHS Foundation Hospital Trust, local Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop said:
“I am very concerned by this development but, unfortunately, I suspect this course of action will become the norm for many trusts across the country. Nevertheless I will be raising the issue with the Tory Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt as soon as possible
“There are a number of issues that need resolving. I am particularly concerned by the risk to patient data because of the use of ‘any qualified provider’. We have a local admin unit that can easily be held to account, but I fear that control has now been lost.
“I feel that this use of resources has only come about because of the Health and Social Care Act and I fear a lot more local NHS services are going to disappear over the next 5 years of a Tory Government.”