Reassurance for Wisbech patients after contract ends

North Cambs Hospital Wisbech ANL-150606-094250009
North Cambs Hospital Wisbech ANL-150606-094250009

Health leaders have reassured patients at Wisbech’s North Cambs when a five-year outsourcing contract ended after just eight months.

Uniting Care and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group have ended the £800 million contract as the arrangement was “no longer financially viable”.

Uniting Care, a consortium between Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, started the contract, which included running the Wisbech hospital, on April 1.

Services have now transferred back to the clinical commissioning group.

Chief clinical officer Dr Neil Modha said: “Patients and frontline staff will see services remain despite a contractual arrangement between Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group and UnitingCare Partnership LLP ending. Unfortunately both parties have concluded that the current arrangement is no longer financially sustainable.

“We would like to reassure patients and carers that services will continue and will not be disrupted. Frontline staff have been doing a great job delivering the new model of care. They are crucial to the provision of good quality care for our patients and are very much part of future arrangements.

“We are clear that the innovative model of care for older people and people with long -term conditions brings benefits for patients and the whole health and care system and we are all agreed that we wish to keep this model of integrated service delivery.

“The CCG will be working with providers of services in the coming days to ensure that there is a smooth transition for all concerned.”

The contract included: mental health, urgent care and support services for over 65s.

GMB regional organiser Richard O’Leary said: “Can the Government and the clinical commissioning groups now heed the warnings of conflicts of interest and wasting money involved in NHS outsourcing? Members lobbied for this outsourcing not to go ahead. They were ignored. GMB members were right and the CCG was wrong.”