Virgin Care’s legal challenge against Hull Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) proposed plans to create large-scale GP practice groups, based on geographical location, has been successful.
Hull CCG had intended to create the large-scale primary care providers by inviting groups of GPs to take over eight practices currently run under alternative provider medical services (APMS) contracts.
Three of these eight contracts, which are all due to expire in March, are run by Richard Branson-owned Virgin Care, which challenged the CCG’s plans according to HSJ.
Now, the private provider’s move has forced commissioners to undertake a full procurement process for these eight primary care practices, divided into four lots.
A report made to Hull City Council’s health overview and scrutiny committee said: “NHS England and the CCG were originally planning to invite applications from existing primary medical care providers, or existing primary medical care providers working collaboratively, who hold either a general medical services or a personal medical services contract in the city, to provide a full range of primary medical care services from the current APMS locations with the current eight contracts being grouped into four lots.
“However, following a legal challenge, NHS England and the CCG will be undertaking a full procurement, in four lots, for the future provision of the primary medical care services currently provided through the APMS contracts.”
A spokesperson for Virgin Care: “We launched the East Park, Story Street and Northpoint Medical Practice services in 2010 and since then we’ve had great feedback from the community and from our registered patients with more than 85% of people rating the service saying they’d choose to recommend the services last year. We look forward to having the opportunity to continue to provide these services in the future.”