Serco secures big discount on deal to buy Carillion healthcare contracts

PUBLISHED: 08:43 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 08:43 14 February 2018

Serco is buying a number of healthcare contracts from collapsed outsourcing giant Carillion. 
Picture: Angela Sharpe

Serco is buying a number of healthcare contracts from collapsed outsourcing giant Carillion. Picture: Angela Sharpe

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Outsourcing giant Serco has almost halved the price of a deal to buy a raft of healthcare contracts from failed rival Carillion.

Serco, which holds a facilities contract at the Norfolk and Norwich hospital, said it would now pay £29.7m – down from the £47.7m first agreed in December, before Carillion went into liquidation.

The move reflects the fact the contracts will have no working capital and will come with none of the usual warranties in place as a result of Carillion’s failure, according to Serco.

But it said the potential revenues and profitability of the contracts being bought are “substantially unchanged” from its original announcement in December.

Carillion went into liquidation on January 15 after talks to rescue the company failed, leaving in its wake hundreds of millions of pounds in unfinished public contracts.

Serco’s deal will bolster its healthcare business, seeing it add a string of healthcare contracts spanning five acute hospital trusts and another 20 public sector organisations.

Just under 1,500 employees work on the contracts being acquired under the deal.

Serco’s existing health operations already generate revenue of more than £350m, employ over 8,000 people, and provide services to institutions such as St Barts in the UK.

Serco employs more than 50,000 people across five sectors, including defence, justice and immigration, transport, health and citizen services.

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