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GPs award potential £700m contract to Virgin Care

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6130 (Published 14 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6130
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. London

GPs on a clinical commissioning group and local councillors have awarded a contract that could be worth £700m (€810m; $880m) to the private health company Virgin Care to run or oversee 200 types of NHS and social care services to people in Bath and northeast Somerset.

The decision, announced last week, has provoked concern over what is thought will be one of the largest handovers of public services to a private firm to operate when the new arrangements begin in April next year.

Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Bath and North East Somerset Council announced on 10 November that they had awarded a seven year contract to Virgin Care. The contract, worth £70m a year, …

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