CCGs could face tighter scrutiny when tendering big contracts

Illman, J. HSJ. Published online 11 March 2016.

  • NHS England probe into UnitingCare collapse likely to recommend “proactive assurance” around large contracts
  • Regional director suggested the £725m deal structure was too complicated
  • NHS England probe will give a “definitive answer” on Strategic Projects Team’s role in the deal
  • Monitor director says regulator wanted more time to sign off doomed deal


An NHS England probe into the collapse of the £725m UnitingCare contract is likely to recommend clinical commissioning groups tendering large contracts should face far more robust scrutiny, a senior director has said.

Paul Watson, NHS England’s Midlands and East regional director, was giving evidence to a council health committee hearing on the controversial Cambridgeshire older people’s services contract, which collapsed in December, on Thursday.

The contract tendered by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group was one of the largest deals ever awarded for NHS clinical services and collapsed just eight months into the five year deal.

The hearing came on the same day an internal review published by the CCG’s auditors laid bare the depth of disagreement about the cost of running the contract between commissioners and the NHS owned provider, UnitingCare Partnership.

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