Nurse firm charging NHS Scotland £1.7k a shift boasts Brexit will boost profits
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Nurse firm charging NHS Scotland £1.7k a shift boasts Brexit will boost profits


 A company charging NHS Scotland up to £1700 a shift for nurses has boasted Brexit will boost its profits  Independent Clinical ­Services (ICS) – which is owned through a major Tory donor’s finance firm and linked to a tax haven – has bragged that leaving the EU will “disrupt the market dynamics in healthcare staffing”  Accounts filed with ­Companies House state that this will have a “net positive effect” on its operation  ICS subsidiary the ­Scottish Nursing Guild (SNG) has made more than £6million since 2016 ­supplying staff to hospitals in the Lothian Health Board area alone  The parent company made more than £48 million profit on a £147million ­turnover in 2018 – mainly providing staff to the NHS across the UK  Labour MSP Neil Findlay said: “This private agency is infiltrating our NHS, ­profiteering from staff shortages and the SNP’s shambolic workforce ­planning by charging up to £1700 per shift for a nurse while ­ultimately filtering gains through a tax haven  “If this wasn’t bad enough, it now seeks to exploit the Brexit chaos to cream off even more taxpayer cash  “This company has no place in our NHS – Jeane Freeman must take action.”  The SNP manifesto launch promised to protect the NHS in ­Scotland from ­privatisation after Brexit  The Tories, meanwhile, have insisted the health service is not up for sale in future trade negotiations with the US  But ICS – a firm owned through New York and London-­headquartered ­private equity giant ­Towerbrook – is already making huge profits on both sides of the Border  A Sunday Mail probe revealed last week the firm is funnelling funds via Indigo Cayman Limited Partnership in the notorious tax haven of the Cayman Islands  Towerbrook ­Capital Partners is co-run by Ramez Sousou, who donated £473,800 to the Tories between 2010 and 2015  Electoral ­Commission ­figures revealed in 2015 that he and his wife Tiziana ­Cantoni gave £858,800  The Scottish Government said: “Ministers have ­repeatedly warned that Brexit poses a serious threat to our NHS, including the recruitment and retention of staff ”

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