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NSL bags patient transport deal

NSL has been awarded a multi-million pound NHS contract to transport hundreds of patients a day, The Sentinel reports.

The deal comes less than a month after the NSL’s GP-led, North Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) took over the running of the NHS and has seen West Midlands Ambulance Service lose the contract, which they held for more than four years.

The CCGs have been criticised over concerns that the  £3m annual deal would lead to the privatisation of parts of the NHS.

Stoke-on-Trent North MP Joan Walley said: "The last thing the NHS needs is a return to an ambulance service where standards are sacrificed for cost cutting."