Calderdale NHS commissioners end wheelchair services contract with hospitals Trust: “we have no loyalty to existing providers”

Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body was in self congratulatory mode on 10th July as they approved the award of a £4m, 3 year Wheelchair Services contract to an as-yet unnamed bidder.

The bidder’s name will be revealed at the end of the 10 day “standstill” that follows the Governing Body’s decision.- Update 30/7/2014 – The contract has gone to a company called Opcare Ltd.

The hospitals Trust, which currently provides wheelchair services to patients in Calderdale, Greater Huddersfield and North Kirklees, will lose the contract in September. The Trust already faces a £20m funding shortfall this financial year and the loss of this contract will further reduce its income. Continue reading

Politicians should have a “duty of candour” about the NHS too

This article is republished from the Open Democracy website under their Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 licence.

Jenny Shepherd 28 March 2014

Jeremy Hunt insists the NHS should be more open when things go wrong. Laudable – but why does the same openness not apply to decisions to close A&Es and outsource ambulances, being made in the shadows? Continue reading

“Serious risk” identified in Calderdale NHS commissioning groups’s relationship with regional Support Unit

First posted on 21 November, this article is now updated to include a reply from Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s Chief Finance Officer and a small amount of information from West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit.

“Serious risk” is the highest category of risk in the NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s risk register.

This is the level of risk that the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCCG) has identified in its relationship with the organisation that’s meant to be supporting it – the West and South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit (WSYBCSU).
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NHS on highway to hell? Conflict of interest question hangs over £515m ambulance contract

A key employee at West & South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Commissioning Support Unit is at the centre of allegations that the CSU has failed to uphold public service values. Together with a private company whose director also works for the WSYBCSU, the CSU is commissioning a £515m 5 year urgent care ambulance service.

Sarah Fatchett, who has been Chief Operating Officer at the CSU & has led the CSU’s IT services since the CSU was set up, is also a founding director of 365 Response Limited, a company founded in 2012 to manage urgent care ambulance services. As of August 2013, it had £300 capital.
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