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Croydon University Hospital (CUH) has just installed Assura Medical to take over providing urgent care. The major third party medical provider has been appointed to deliver the service after a tendering process by NHS Croydon. It looks like the privatisation is beginning to take shape.

Associate medical at NHS Croydon, Dr Dow Smith, said:

We are putting the people of Croydon first. As a doctor, I want to ensure the best possible healthcare services for people in Croydon and we are confident that the bidder who demonstrated the best outcomes for patients has won. Assura Medical demonstrated high standards of patient care, a strong commitment to improve Urgent Care services in Croydon and the best value for money for taxpayers.

Chief executive of Assura Medical, Bart Johnson said:

We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to provide 24 hour access to high quality urgent care services to patients in Croydon.

I wonder what else has passed hands apart from contracts!