“The funds of NHS charities must remain entirely separate from those of the state," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet Office Minister.
Commenting on the announcement today that the Treasury has backed down on plans to nationalise donations made to NHS charities, which could have resulted in hospital budgets being slashed, Jenny Willott said:
“This climb-down is extremely welcome and a victory for common sense.
“After 18 months of burying their head in the sand, the Government seems to be finally listening.
“Consolidating charitable funds into the accounts of NHS bodies would have completely undermined the independence of those charities and the confidence of donors.
“What’s more it would have left the door wide open for potential manipulation of NHS budgets.
“The funds of NHS charities must remain entirely separate from those of the state.”