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Staffordshire was the last of the Sustainability and  Transformation Plans to be published perhaps because relationships in this part of the country are rumoured to be poor. Both providers and commissioners in the area are challenged. Despite this the commissioners in Staffordshire are going ahead with a hugely controversial project to outsource some £1.2 bn of NHS services. This is at least in part an outsourcing of commissioning functions. The Public Accounts Committee considered a similar exercise in Cambridge with some grave concerns. The PAC report into the matter noted:- We asked the CCG why it had decided to contract […]
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As news arrives from Cambridge of yet another privatisation inspired project going horribly and expensively wrong let’s hope people in Staffordshire, South Warwickshire, Southport and elsewhere are thinking long and hard. The Stafford Cancer contract saga is long running and is now so hopelessly flawed that it should simply be wound up. The use of a complicated procurement process which was supposed to be about a competitive dialogue between various qualified providers bringing new ideas has ended with a negotiation with the obvious NHS providers. The attempt to outsource commissioning has been unpicked. It matters because even if everything else […]
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The commercially confidential Memorandum of Information for the controversial £700 million tender for Cancer Care in Staffordshire has been leaked and published online on openDemocracy.org Cancer Not For Profit member and Labour PPC for Stafford, Kate Godfrey, has shared her contract concerns on The Guardian after discovering the contents revealed frightening new prospects for the NHS in Staffordshire. The campaign group have been calling on commissioners for greater transparency and more information about the implications of this contract. The subsequently leaked secret document, which must have come from a source close to the heart of the commissioning process, may indicate […]
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  The procurement exercise in Staffordshire which outsources the commissioning of £1.2 bn of NHS services has at last made the mainstream media.  An announcement has been made that it has been decided that the next stage of the procurement will now get under way with a full blown EU procurement (competitive dialogue).  The decision was made in private for reasons which are unclear, so there is no public record. The procurement has of course already been under way for some time with the request to submit pre-qualification questionnaires in March. But there was absolutely no information about any of […]
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The health service in Staffordshire has gone through a turbulent decade and sadly a solution to having stable, sustainable acute care is as far away as ever.  This is despite many millions spent on external consultants in various roles over the same period telling the NHS what it should do and mostly being wrong. Against this background the proposed outsourcing of control over cancer and end of life care through a ten year contract should sound very loud warning bells.  The record is not good elsewhere as the current fad of using procurement methods has not got far in Cambridge, […]
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