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MPs challenge Serco over its trustworthiness to run public services

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 22 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f7019
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

MPs have challenged the company at the centre of a GP out of hours service scandal over its trustworthiness to continue to provide the public service.

A new report into what happened in Cornwall where private company Serco provides out of hours GP services for NHS Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group was discussed by MPs on the parliamentary public accounts committee at an evidence session on 20 November.

Representatives from four private companies, which provide services to the public sector, appeared before the committee as part of its inquiry into the delivery of public services by private contractors.

In July the committee published a critical report into the service Serco provides in Cornwall in which …

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