Virgin will not be taking over some of Whitby’s care services after talks with the town’s health bosses failed.
NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG (HRW CCG) have announced today (Friday) that discussions with the successful bidder to provide Community and Out of Hours Services in Whitby and the surrounding areas have been unsuccessful.
Virgin Care was appointed as preferred bidder in February 2015 after the CCG undertook a competitive tender process.
Following months of discussions, both HRW CCG and Virgin Care are disappointed that the contract was unable to proceed.
The CCG has made the decision to offer the contract to the reserve bidder, Humber NHS Foundation Trust. A voluntary standstill period will apply before the contract is confirmed which will expire at midnight 6th October 2015.
The CCG would like to assure the local population that this decision will not affect the plans to redevelop Whitby Hospital. Newcastle-based architects Medical Architecture have recently been appointed to transform the building and an engagement exercise is beginning for members of the public to express their views.
Dr Vicky Pleydell, Chief Clinical Officer at HRW CCG said: “Following a lengthy due-diligence process, the CCG and Virgin Care have made the difficult decision to conclude discussions to provide Community and Out of Hours Services in Whitby and the surrounding areas.
“The CCG have therefore taken the decision to appoint Humber NHS Foundation Trust as preferred bidder. They met all key contract requirements and also demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring the local community will benefit from enhanced, high quality services.
“We appreciate that this has been a long and difficult process for staff and are very much focused on ensuring any concerns are raised and heard. “We have already assured staff that services will continue and expressed our appreciation for their professionalism during this process and ensuring patient care has not been affected. Next week, the CCG Fit 4 the Future team will be on site speaking with staff and patients, directly.
“We would like to thank Virgin Care for their interest in our services. The CCG are delighted at the prospect of working with Humber NHS Foundation Trust on Community and Out of Hours Services and regard them as key strategic partners in the redevelopment and redesign of Whitby Hospital.”
David Hill, Chief Executive of Humber NHS Foundation Trust said: “Having submitted a high quality proposal to provide services for the community of Whitby and the surrounding areas, we look forward to working in a new partnership and a new area. Not only are we delighted to be transforming community and out of hours services, we are very much looking forward to working with Medical Architecture in the redesign of Whitby Hospital.
“We know that we offer high quality services and we are particularly excited about working with the existing clinical teams to make the best use of their knowledge and skills to ensure a seamless transfer of services.”
The CCG are currently working closely with the existing provider to ensure services continue and that patient care remains the top priority.