NHS Kernow Governing Body member and clinical lead for elective services Dr Rob White said “NHS Kernow’s contract with Ramsay Health Care UK to provide elective care services from Bodmin Treatment Centre ends on 31 March 2017.
“Ramsay Health Care UK is one of six providers we commission to provide these services, the others are Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust; Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust; Ramsay Health Care UK at the Duchy Hospital, Truro; Probus Surgery; Peninsula NHS Treatment Centre; and Plymouth Nuffield.
“We had originally planned to put a new elective care service at Bodmin Treatment Centre from 1 October 2017. We had been in discussion with Ramsay Health Care UK to extend its contract since September 2016 – the third short-term extension it had agreed since 2005 to keep the service running – to allow us time to plan for the possible re-procurement of a new service at Bodmin Treatment Centre, but neither party was able to reach an agreement. This means the service will end, as planned, on 31 March 2017.
“We are using the end of this contract as an opportunity to consider what elective care services we will commission in the future and how the treatment centre building fits with the wider Shaping Our Future plan to integrate health and care services. We are working with our NHS and Cornwall Council colleagues to consider the best use of the Bodmin Hospital site, including the treatment centre, to help us deliver integrated primary, urgent and community services. We have not made any decision about this and any decision to substantially change any of these services would be subject to a full public consultation.
“We must also consider that any new service is cost effective and can be provided with the money we have available to spend. We have a £54 million deficit and we must take control of our finances to ensure we can continue to spend on vital services such as emergency care, mental health support and children’s services.
“Our Governing Body has therefore decided we will not re-commission the services provided from the centre on a like-for-like basis and the planned re-procurement has been stopped. Patient safety is paramount and we are working with our remaining providers and clinicians to increase contracted capacity for procedures in both the short and longer term where increased waiting times beyond 18-weeks could increase clinical risk or have a significant impact on clinical outcomes.
“We are working with Ramsay Health Care UK to make sure anyone who had an appointment at the centre has their care transferred to another provider. Ramsay Health Care is writing to patients to confirm who thy will now be treated by.”