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Virgin to run school nurses in Dorset

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Virgin Care is set to take over school nursing services in part of Dorset, under a multi-million pound contract to run a medical centre.

NHS Dorset has named the company as its preferred provider of services at Lyme Regis medical centre.

If the contract is finalised, as is likely, Virgin Care will be responsible for running a range of services including general practice, school nursing, nursing home beds and mental health care, as well as podiatry and physiotherapy.

The contract is worth between £5m and £8.5m over five years. NHS Dorset confirmed 15 community nurses would be transferring to Virgin but was unable to provide Nursing Times with a figure for mental health nurses.

Virgin Care chief executive Bart Johnson said: “We are delighted to be working with NHS Dorset and look forward to making a real difference to patient care in Lyme Regis.

“We have a strong track record of providing NHS care. Since 2006, we have treated over two and a half million patients offering improved accessibility, convenience, satisfaction and, most importantly, our services have delivered improved health outcomes – all at a better rate for the taxpayer.”

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  • RIP NHS it has started

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  • this is the tip of the iceberg

    what a great way to run the nhs, cameron must be so proud that private companies profits are being put before patients health

    roll on 2015 lets get this shower of crap out and hopefully start to get our nhs back...saying that though the tories will make sure these companies have water tight contracts so they will be protected..

    it will be full steam ahead to privatise as much as they can before the general election in case they dont get in

    the railways were privatised look what happened there people died because these companies would not spend money on the infrastructure otherwise profits would of been down

    so have people to DIE before they realise what a mistake this is going to be

    oh and I carnt wait until we all need private healthcare like the usa so be prepared if you get say cancer you will have to re-mortage your house to pay for your treatment

    I hope all you who voted in these idiots are proud of yourself!!!!!!!

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    Anonymous | 28-Sep-2012 10:07 am
    'so have people to DIE before they realise what a mistake this is going to be'

    Sadly, very sadly i think you are right.

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  • “We have a strong track record of providing NHS care. Since 2006, we have treated over two and a half million patients offering improved accessibility, convenience, satisfaction and, most importantly, our services have delivered improved health outcomes – all at a better rate for the taxpayer.”

    We know this has been going on for years, this is another confirmation that it has accelerated over the last couple years. I wonder if most of their patients were electives + low risk referrals, hence all their successes with a quick turnover. Businesses are in it to make money. With an ageing population they'll soon have a captive market running hotels with medical facilities attached.
    We'll pay for it one way or another :(

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  • Tinkerbell

    andy | 28-Sep-2012 10:41 am

    if you cherry pick the easy option you get more bang for your buck.

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  • I think what everyone is failing to see here are the opportunities. The NHS is a business and as such has to maintain a profit margin each year. It is the fourth largest employer in the world and the costs implied from that reflect the need to franchise.

    The nurses they have employed are just like the rest of us, sensible, wanting the best for their patients and hopefully hard working. If BUPA had set this up you would all be saying "So What". Because it is a newer business in the Health market every one is up in arms.

    Grow up people, the NHS is downsizing staff, freezing wages and looking to make us work longer for less money. A private company might be prepared to pay more and give us a bit of a fair deal for what we do.

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  • re-above

    hello david cameron, hows things

    are you enjoying destroying our nhs and the country come to think of it...well done you must be so proud!!!

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  • Tinkerbell

    'Democracy will scarcely get a look in. People can't choose if services are contracted out. Once contracts are signed, nothing can change. You can throw out rascally councillors or governments, but the contracts will go on regardless. Like PFIs, they will be traded as financial instruments, sliced and diced according to risk and sold on. This sets a nuclear bomb under all public services, because there can never be any going back. If you don't like the sound of this, Cameron's government can be voted out but it will be virtually impossible to return services to a public realm that no longer exists. Ownership of the contracts and companies moves on, and the public sector loses any capacity to take them back' Polly Toynbee

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  • Tinkerbell

    'Comment is free but the facts are sacred' - CP Scott.

    Come back when you have done a little bit more homework on the matter in hand, then you might be taken seriously.You have misrepresented the facts on so many levels, firstly that the NHS as was, was a business.

    This isn't just about NHS nurses -v- private nurses, we're all nurses.

    This is about society changing values and profit margins discriminating against those who can't afford private health care. These values were hard fought and hard won so we would have a democratic compassionate society that treated everyone equally, regardless of status, income, race, creed or colour.

    I think you have missed the bigger picture or maybe you are just a wind up merchant and we are taking the bait.

    Either way, grow up yourself as you put it.

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  • Tinkerbell




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