For creating a new private health concern that can give treatment to about 15 million people, Harmoni, which is UK's biggest out-of-hours GP service, has been paid £48m by Care UK.
The largest private firm giving out-of-the-hours services and a former GP co-operative is Harmoni and it has also won 12 NHS contracts to run the new non-emergency 111 health phone lines, beating a joint bid from Care UK and Capita. In 2011, from the NHS it has got £100m.
Jim Easton, a top civil servant, has become the managing director. He was earlier in the Department of Health and was lured by Care UK.