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Serco plans to pull out of clinical service provision in the UK

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g5248 (Published 19 August 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5248
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

The private company Serco is to withdraw from providing clinical services in the United Kingdom, having experienced heavy financial losses on its NHS contracts.

In a stock exchange announcement,1 the outsourcing specialist said that it had taken the decision after a review of the cost of delivering “improved service levels” and meeting performance obligations for its contracts, which had identified additional costs of £3.9m in the past six months and nearly £18m in the year ending 31 December 2013.

The statement highlighted Serco’s recent disposal …

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