Serco to run NHS services in £140m deal

Community health services in Suffolk are set to be outsourced to private international company Serco in a £140m deal.

The company has been appointed as preferred bidder to run services outsourced by NHS Suffolk in a deal likely to go ahead within months.

Under the deal, Serco will take on services including community nursing, specialist nursing, management and operation of community hospitals, speech and language therapy, specialist children’s services and community equipment services.

Around 1,000 NHS staff are expected to be transferred to the firm as part of the deal.

The company will work with NHS and third sector partners to deliver the services, including the South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust and a community interest company specialising in providing dentistry to vulnerable groups.

Serco already provides outsourced NHS services including out-of-hours GP care in Cornwall, a range of occupational health services, pathology services, and manages Braintree Community Hospital.

NHS Suffolk chief executive Dr Paul Watson said: ‘We have been determined to find the very best organisation to manage these services in the future, to provide benefit and opportunity to our patients and staff. Serco has been carefully selected and has provided us with a detailed proposal, giving rigorous evidence of its experience as a service provider.’

Serco chief executive Christopher Hyman said: ‘This contract adds to our portfolio of services in the rapidly growing global health sector.’

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