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OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY AGENCY - SALE COMPLETED

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Roger Freeman, public service minister, today announced the completion of the sale of the Occupational Health and S...
Roger Freeman, public service minister, today announced the completion of the sale of the Occupational Health and Safety Agency (OHSA) which provides occupational health services within the Civil Service.

OHSA has been purchased by BMI Health Services. The purchase consideration was £350,000. BMI will act as agents for the government to collect trade debts currently owing to OHSA, which are estimated to be about £1.4 million. Mr Freeman said: 'I believe that this privatisation will be in the long term interests of both customers and staff.

'Privatisation will free them from the constraints of operating in the public sector and let them operate more effectively in what is a highly competitive market.

'This will mean they are better able to improve their services to the civil service and extend their business into wider markets.' 'I would like to record my admiration for the staff of OHSA who have continued to deliver a high quality service throughout this challenging period in OHSA's history. I wish OHSA every success for the future.
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