Provision of alcohol and drug treatments being put out to tender

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THE TREATMENT of people in Whitby suffering from alcohol and substance misuse problems is being put out to tender.

The local primary care trust say they have to make the contract for providing treatments, which is currently worth £1.3 million, available in a bid to get value for money and simplify the service.

Currently treatment for people living in Whitby, Scarborough and Ryedale areas is managed by the North Yorkshire Substance Misuse Partnership Board which comprises the PCT, North Yorkshire County Council, the police and the probation trust.

Simon Cox, associate locality director at NHS North Yorkshire and York, said changes would allow for the implementation of an integrated treatment system and a single point of access to the services available making it easier for people to be referred for treatment.

He added: “The decision to go out to tender is not a reflection on the quality of the interventions and support currently being delivered.

“However it is the role of the Board to make sure the services we commission offer the best outcomes for patients and represent value for money. We believe tendering will help us achieve this.”

The changes have been brought about by new government legislation and it is expected that the preferred bidder will be announced in January and the new system will be in place by April.