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Nearly 100 jobs at risk as leaked file reveals plans to close NHS centre

Nearly 100 jobs are at risk in Surbiton after leaked documents revealed plans to close an NHS centre.

The primary care support (PCS) centre in Ewell Road, opposite Dysart School, updates medical records, sends cancer screening letters to patients and makes sure GPs are paid on time. But outsourcing company Capita wants to close the centre by the end of July 2016 if it wins a lucrative NHS England contract. Capita's status as "preferred bidder" for the support contract was announced in June but the deal has not been finalised.

NHS England wants to cut 40 per cent of its administration costs and says it will reinvest the money in frontline services. But that may mean 98 Surbiton workers, plus 66 agency staff, are out of a job. Documents leaked to the Liverpool Echo newspaper reveal Capita plans to close 29 support centres nationwide if it is awarded the contract, thought to be worth up to £1bn over 10 years. The PCS service's website says the centres were created "to provide better, more efficient services, building on the considerable skills and experience of staff". Capita declined to comment.

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