Surrey NHS services privatised

A huge part of Surrey’s NHS have been privatised and will in future be run by Virgin.  Surrey Community Health provide health services in the west of Surrey, plus some county wide services. Community nurses, speech and language therapy, and sexual health services will now be run for profit. But public service union Unison said it had concerns over the privatisation of the NHS and fears of profit over care. “The services that Surrey’s million-plus population access through their GPs, including community nursing, therapies, end of life care and sexual health screening, will now be provided by a private company,” it said. Regional organiser Sarah Hayes said: “Both staff and the public do have fears over what this means for the future of the NHS. ”Unison is keen to now work with Virgin Care to ensure that quality health services for all are maintained across Surrey and to support staff in continuing to provide care and a vital service for all patients.”

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