Serco blood test involvement questioned by Labour

A Labour councillor has questioned the involvement of Serco in controversial plans to move blood testing services from Southend to Bedford, following the findings of a National Audit Office report.

A Labour councillor has questioned the involvement of Serco in controversial plans to move blood testing services from Southend to Bedford, following the findings of a National Audit Office report.

 

The Guardian newspaper has revealed that the National Audit Office (NAO) have accused Serco of falsifying data in relation to contracts with Cornwall Primary Care Trust (PCT) 252 times in the first six months of 2012. Serco have also been accused of seriously understaffing their operation in Cornwall, putting services at risk. The NAO criticised the fact that it was left to whistleblowers to uncover this information as the PCT had failed to adequately oversee these contracts.

 

Ian Gilbert, Labour Councillor for Victoria Ward said, “How on earth can we trust our blood testing to a company that the National Audit Office has accused of fiddling figures? This is the latest in a long list of reasons why we should not move our blood testing to Bedford."

 

The Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition have enacted controversial reforms to the NHS that will lead to greater opportunities for private companies like Serco to undertake work in the health service. This has lead to accusations that the NHS is being “privatised by stealth”.

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