Ensuring continuity of elective care services for patients in North East London

We’ve agreed with the decision of commissioners in North East London to extend the contract of elective care services at a local treatment centre.

Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Havering, and Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have told us that they will not proceed with the award of a contract to operate the North East London NHS Treatment Centre to Barking, Havering and Redbridge University NHS Trust.

The CCGs will instead extend the contract of the Centre's current operator for a further 15 months to ensure the continuity of services for patients.

The treatment centre provides a range of health services, such as general surgery, orthopaedics and ophthalmology.

Catherine Davies, Director of Co-operation and Competition at NHS improvement, said:

“Patients are likely to be better off as a result of these plans as commissioners will take steps to secure high quality services for patients in the local area. I welcome the fact that in addressing this issue all parties have worked hard in the best interest of patients.”

About the commissioners

An investigation into how a healthcare provider was selected to run the treatment centre was launched by Monitor in July 2015 after a complaint from Care UK.

During the course of the investigation the CCGs informed us that they had decided not to award the contract to Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals University NHS Trust. We've accepted legally binding undertakings from the CCG, and ended our investigation.

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