NHS nominate firm for £1billion contract for services across Bristol, South Glos and North Somerset

nhs nominate firm for 1billion contract for services across bristol south glos and north somerset - NHS nominate firm for £1billion contract for services across Bristol, South Glos and North Somerset

Health bosses have chosen the likely winner of a £1billion contract to provide adult community services across Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire.

But residents must wait until the end of the month to find out the name of the organisation on track to run NHS services such as community nursing, diabetes support and physiotherapy across the region from April next year.

The controversial 10-year contract will see a single organisation paid around £100million per year to run dozens of services currently provided by Bristol Community Health in Bristol, North Somerset Community Partnership in North Somerset, and Sirona care and health in South Gloucestershire.

NHS commissioners have selected their “preferred provider” from the bids made during a tender process that started in January.

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But the name of the organisation will remain confidential until later this month because of a legally required “standstill period” to allow the other bidders to comment on the selection.

The clinical commissioning group (CCG) for Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will then make thorough background checks on that organisation before deciding whether to award it the contract.

That decision is expected to be announced in September, a meeting of the CCG’s governing body heard yesterday (July 2).

Speaking during a break in the meeting, CCG chief executive Julia Ross said it was not a foregone conclusion that the “preferred provider” would become the contract winner.

The organisation with the top-scoring bid can be ruled out by any serious flaws discovered during background checks, in which case the CCG would turn to the bidder in second place.

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The CCG put the contract out to tender in January despite opposition from Bristol West MP Karin Smyth, who called the procurement process “complex” and “secret”.

It says patients will benefit from quality adult health services that are more joined-up, closer to home and provided in a consistent and fair way across the region.

Nearly a million people live in the region covered by the CCG.

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