Virgin Care wins prime care provider contract

Virgin Care has won a £700m health contract to take over more than 200 health and care services in Bath and north east Somerset.

The seven-year deal, which launches on 1 April 2017 and covers more than 200,000 people, includes health and care services in people’s communities, including dementia care and district nursing.

A spokesman for Virgin Care said: “We are really pleased to have been chosen by the council and CCG to deliver more joined-up care for people across Bath and North East Somerset.

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“We have a strong track record over the last decade of overseeing integration and improvement of NHS services across England and we’re looking forward to working with the many outstanding professionals, and a range of great partners, to provide and oversee high quality, easy-to-navigate services which are shaped by the people who use them.”

Councillor Vic Pritchard, from Bath and North East Somerset Council, told the BBC: “Local people can look forward to a more joined-up and personalised service in the future, with the focus firmly on prevention and supporting people to maintain their independence.”

John Drake from Unison said his members were “anxious about the move”, adding: “Many community health staff are paid a pittance, despite the long hours they put in and their dedicated work.

“Employees need clear recognition from Virgin that a well-run health service means investment in staff.”

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