Leicester

Job losses 'not ruled out' in £300m NHS contract

The company awarded a £300m contract to manage all NHS buildings in Leicestershire and Rutland has said it cannot rule out job losses.

More than 2,000 staff will be transferred to Interserve, which will maintain 550 buildings and deliver services such as catering and cleaning.

The firm was appointed preferred bidder in September, and the seven-year deal was signed earlier this month.

The NHS said the move would save tens of millions of pounds.

Interserve will run the services for NHS Leicestershire County and Rutland, and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, from February.

Spokesperson Maria Kitching said: "I can't say at this point in time whether there will be job losses or not, but what I will say is - as in any organisational change - we will be working with the staff to make sure they have the skills to support the NHS in delivering their services."

Andrew Chatten, from the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, said: "This deal will save us around £100m over the seven years and principally that's through economies of scale and having the opportunity for one management model - one team delivering services across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland."

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