Virgin Care’s Meadowdale GP centres contract to be extended despite unanswered quality and cost questions

Without ever mentioning the private health care companies by name, a recommendation to extend Calderdale’s Virgin Care and Locala GP contracts without putting them out to tender was agreed pretty much as a formality at the first meeting of Calderdale’s Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee.

The Virgin Care GP contract was the main topic of discussion, since it runs out this September. The extension will take it up to April 2017.

The possibility of not extending the Virgin Care contract was only mentioned once and then dismissed immediately, on the grounds that this risked causing the company to walk away, and patients would have to find other GPs.

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How Care UK and Virgin Care gained contracts to run NHS GP services in Calderdale

How did Care UK and Virgin Care end up with contracts to run GP services in Calderdale?  And after Calderdale CCG completes its review of  GP services and community unplanned care (ie urgent care that isn’t A&E), how many more privatised GP services are we going to end up with?
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Stealth privatisation – Virgin Care profits from Calderdale NHS

Not that you’d realise it from outward appearances, but Richard Branson’s private health care company Virgin Care has contracts with Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group to run a  dermatology clinic in Halifax, as well as three General Practice centres that go under the name of Meadow Dale Group Practice – one in Elland, one in Ovenden and one in Sowerby Bridge.
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