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Slasher firms want to asset-strip NHS

Issue No. 2464

Outsourcing giant Capita has announced plans to slash more than 1,000 jobs when it takes on an NHS contract worth £1 billion. 

The contract covers support and admin services, such as managing clinical records, across the NHS in England. 

Nearly 80 percent of workers in the NHS’s Primary Care Support Services will lose their jobs and only two out of 30 offices will remain open.

The first six sites the firm plans to close down—Chelmsford, Yeovil, Derby, Mansfield, Leicester and Lincoln—could be shut by December.

The Department of Health was expected to sign off on the deal later this week. This is still just the beginning of privatisation.

And the Tories want to prise the NHS open further during the next five years.

They claim it will bring the NHS 40 percent “savings” from day one of the contract.

In reality, it shows up the real cost of privatisation as firms with no interests in healthcare try to make a quick profit.

Capita’s privatisation empire already includes the London congestion charge and British army bases.

These companies will dump contracts if they aren’t making enough profits from them—leaving workers and patients to suffer.

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Tue 28 Jul 2015, 17:29 BST
Issue No. 2464
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