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Virgin Care is set to take over two NHS community health services in Surrey

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e2605 (Published 05 April 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2605
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Private firm Virgin Care is to take over running NHS community health services in two parts of Surrey in a £500m (€605m; $791m) deal agreed with the local primary care trust.

Unions and campaigning groups have reacted angrily to the development which they see as proof of the government’s intention to allow private companies a much greater role in the NHS so soon after the controversial NHS changes became law in the Health and Social Care Act (BMJ 2012;344,:e2243, doi:10.1136/bmj.e2243).

NHS Surrey has announced it has signed a contract with Virgin Care (formerly Assura Medical) to deliver community services across much of the county from 2012 to 2017 including community nursing, health visiting, physiotherapy, diabetes …

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