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72 CCGs have no plans to retender community services worth over £2bn

Over a third of clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have admitted they do not plan to retender their community care services.

Of the 195 CCGs that responded to freedom of information requests from the Health Service Journal (HSJ), 72 said that they did not mean to retender the community services contracts they hold.

The value of the community services held by these commissioners is at least £2.3 billion annually.

Seven of the CCGs that responded have already retendered contracts worth around £156 million in total, while 39 CCGS have plans to retender contracts worth around £998 million.

49 CCGs – a quarter of those that responded - have said their procurement plans are currently under review.

The Transforming Community Services programme oversaw the transfer of community care services from primary care trusts – the predecessors of CCGs – in 2011. Most of these services were awarded to NHS organisations on three to five year contracts.

Both public and private sector providers had expected these contracts to come up for tender again by April 2016.

Former Cooperation & Competition Panel chief executive Andrew Taylor told HSJ it was “legitimate” for CCGs not to retender their contracts if a review exercise proved the existing arrangements were “the best possible for patients”. However he said this could be a high “hurdle to cross”.

Taylor added it was “highly likely” that commissioners that did not retender could receive legal challenges from providers. This would depend partly on “the extent of activity in the market” he cautioned.

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Posted on: 22/07/2014

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