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Friday, 23 March 2012

SERCO secure £140m Social Care Contract in Suffolk

The privatisation steamroller rumbles on. SERCO - a company castigated for its treatment of asylum seekers' children in detention centres across the UK - is continuing its eating up of public services. In a taste of what’s to come now the Health and Social Care Bill is finally on the statute book, outsourcing giant SERCO has been named preferred bidder for a £140m, three-year contract to provide community health services for NHS Suffolk.

That means it pipped competition including Virgin Care, several NHS Foundation Trusts and a local authority trading company. http://www.publictechnology.net/sector/nhs-health/unions-blast-nhs-serco-suffolk-outsourcing-deal?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PT%2FXNdP+%28PublicTechnology.net+-+All%29

With the disgraceful behaviour of private companies all over the NHS - see Carillion in Swindon NHS - these global companies continue to suck cash out of the NHS away from patients and services.