Our last blog post was about the NHS paying business rates to our government and our government struggling at the same time to find money for the NHS.
For example, queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham is one of many NHS hospitals calling for business rates relief currently at £2 million.
What is the difference between an NHS hospital and private hospital? The main difference with regards to business rates is that 1 in 4 private hospitals are registered as a charity which means they qualify for 80% business rate relief.
“A spokesman for the trust, which operates the queen Elizabeth hospital, said: "The trust believes there is an anomaly in how NHS trusts are treated for business rates when compared to other organisations such as universities, charitable care facilities and private hospitals” Well yes, the abnormality in this situation is quite apparent.
The NHS is trying to survive and that is the reason why a large number of NHS hospitals tried to claim reduced business rates, but their claim has been rejected because they are not charities, according to law.
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