Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust looking to cut ties with subsidiary of Russian gas giant Gazprom

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has said they want to stop paying a Russian subsidiary company for their gas.

By Caitlin Doherty
Monday, 4th April 2022, 5:00 pm

Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust has said it is reviewing its “legal options” in order to “exit” the contract it currently has with the same Gazprom subsidiary, which is currently due to end in March 2023.

Since 2020, the trust has paid more than £450,000 to the firm for gas, with a payment of more than £60,250 settled in November last year, according to figures collated by Tussell, which is a public spending data insight company.

Their Director of Finance Gary Boothby said: “We can confirm that the Trust does currently have a contract with Gazprom to supply our energy via a third party broker. We are reviewing our legal options in order to exit this contract and have submitted details to our regulator for further guidance”.

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Elsewhere Yorkshire Ambulance Service have said they want to stop paying a Russian subsidiary company for their gas “as soon as practicable,” as data suggests they were writing cheques as large as £86,000 just weeks ago.

The emergency service currently has a deal with Gazprom Marketing and Trading Retail Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, the Russian-state backed energy provider, for their gas.

However, they now say they are “reviewing” their supply chain, as businesses and organisations across the UK endeavour to cut ties with Russian-linked firms following the invasion of Ukraine.

YAS is one of four Yorkshire health trusts revealed to have been recent clients of Gazprom, and this week the Government urged all public bodies to “urgently” review such contracts.

The ambulance service said in a statement: “Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust currently receives gas supplies under contract with Gazprom

Marketing and Trading Retail Limited, a UK registered company, through a third-party framework agreement.

“We are currently reviewing our supply chains and contractual obligations, with a view to moving gas providers as soon as practicable.”

The most recent payment of £86,547.46 was settled on February 4 this year, according to invoice data, collected by the firm Tussell.

Meanwhile, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said that it has now ended its contract with Gazprom after the same figures suggested that it has paid hundreds of thousands of pounds for gas between 2019 and 2021 to Gazprom Marketing and Trading.

The latest payment was seemingly New Year’s Eve 2021, however, no further information was immediately available.

Earlier this week, the Government called for all public bodies to “urgently” review their contracts with Russian and Belarusian firms.

Guidance issued by the Cabinet Office said bodies should “immediately seek” to identify any such contracts, and “if possible switch suppliers”.

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