BRADFORD South MP Judith Cummins is keeping up the pressure against plans to transfer staff at Bradford Teaching Hospitals out of the NHS.

Speaking in an Opposition Day debate about outsourcing and privatisation in the NHS this afternoon, Mrs Cummins highlighted the concern she has heard first-hand from NHS workers in Bradford.

“There is real concern from staff in Bradford about the plans to create a wholly owned company in Bradford Teaching Hospitals, which could see 300 members of staff transferred out of the NHS and creating a two-tier workforce,” she told the House of Commons.

Mrs Cummins is backing the Unison campaign against the proposals. NHS staff in Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh, are on strike today and tomorrow over plans to privatise their work.

“Our health service should be kept 100 per cent NHS,” Mrs Cummins added.

She said Bradford Teaching Hospitals have paused their proposal, which would see lower-paid staff such as domestics and security guards on worse terms and conditions than other staff.

Mrs Cummins has previously said such a move would represent “a race to the bottom which is not just bad for those moved over to the new companies, but bad for the NHS overall”.