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Private company Virgin Care to take over community services in Surrey in £500m deal 

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Community health services in Surrey are to be run by a private company in a deal worth £500m over five years.

The deal with Virgin Care comes less than a week after outsourcing firm Serco won a £140m contract to take over community health services in Suffolk.

Under the deal, Virgin Care will take control of Surrey Community Health, the provider arm of NHS Surrey, which employs a quarter of NHS staff in the area. It is one of the largest community health providers in England.

The five-year deal runs from 2012 to 2017 and involves management of seven community hospitals, community nursing services, community dentistry, health visiting, prison health services and specialist services for physiotherapy, diabetes and renal care.

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