BUPA has pulled out of the controversial contract to supply musculoskeletal services (MSK) in West Sussex it was announced yesterday (Monday January 26th).
An independent assessment jointly commissioned by the Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group and Western Sussex Hospitals Trust revealed it could lose more than 13.4 million over five years and cause problems recruiting and keeping staff.
The report found actions needed to be taken to reduce the impact and negotiations have taken place between the CCG, hospital trust and Bupa CSH to try to find a solution before a contract could be signed. However Bupa CSH yesterday announced it was withdrawing from the process because of the financial impact it would have on the trust.
Marianne Griffiths, Chief Executive of Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust, said: “Sustaining and improving the quality of services available to all our patients remains our top priority.
“We recognise and support the improvements that I hope now that the local hospital trust will be able to pick up the contract and continue to run it on behalf of local patients but also take on board new ways of making for more seamless treatment, which bring about efficiencies but most importantly provide the very best for patients. The most important consideration must be to provide the very best quality of care to local patients and to make sure the service is sustainable and helps promotes the NHS as a whole.
“Coastal West Sussex CCG wants to make for patients in MSK services and look forward to working with them collaboratively to make this ambition a reality.”
Welcoming the news local Tim Loughton MP for East Worthing & Shoreham said: “‘I am afraid this result became inevitable when the study showed there could be significant financial implications for the viability of some remaining services at Worthing and St Richard hospitals. It is clear that the impact assessment should have been carried out at the start of the process, not after the contracts had provisionally been awarded.
“Whilst I very much welcome the innovative proposals put forward by BUPA CSH, it could only be carried out in the context of the wider health economy and it was essential that services offered by our excellent hospitals should not be disadvantaged, and obviously that has been shown not to be the case.
“Hopefully now patients can end up getting the best of both worlds with new approaches offered by the excellent local hospitals which we all very much know and appreciate and which can now continue to go from strength to strength.”