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Carillion carrion latest
Outsourcing giant Serco is moving closer to snapping up contracts for facilities management services at five acute NHS trusts.
Having initially agreed a £47m deal with Carillion for the contracts last autumn (when Carillion was fighting a losing battle to stay in business), Serco last week announced it had signed a “business purchase agreement” with PwC over 15 public sector contracts.
These 15 include five contracts for FM services at Cambridge, North Bristol, Dartford and Gravesham, South Tees, and Great Western hospital trusts.
The value of those five contracts, which are tied up in PFI deals, is not clear.
However, the deal is not done yet as the five trusts and their PFI partners also have a say in the matter, and it is these parties Serco is currently negotiating with. Expect more news on this in the next few weeks.
There are FM and construction contracts at other NHS trusts up for grabs as well.
The biggest contracts relate to the construction of two already-delayed acute hospitals in Liverpool and Birmingham.
Carillion’s demise has further delayed the projects, which has understandably worried staff at the trusts.
The remaining FM contracts at other affected trusts has attracted the attention of a Canadian firm called BGIS.
It is not clear how many contracts the company is eyeing, but HSJ understands the portfolio includes services for which Carillion was incurring financial penalties due to consistent poor performance.