A private company has won a £500m contract to provide community health services across Surrey until 2017.
The deal comes days after Suffolk CCG members elected international service company Serco to take over the running of its community health service.
As well as providing community health services in South West and North West Surrey, Virgin Care will take control of county-wide prison healthcare and sexual services.
“We are delighted to be working with Surrey Community Health and look forward to making a real difference to patient care in Surrey,” said Bart Johnson, Chief Executive of Virgin Care.
The deal is said to involve a transfer of management, enabling NHS Surrey to focus on developing, buying and managing the performance of services, while leaving the provider to concentrate on service delivery.
“[The deal] is excellent news for patients, carers and staff in Surrey,” said Anne Walker, Chief Executive of NHS Surrey.
“The successful conclusion of a long involved procurement process resulting in this contract signed with Virgin Care will bring best quality, safety and value for Surrey’s NHS patients, carers and taxpayers.”