Bid battle to provide services at hospital

The two preferred bidders hoping to secure a contract to provide health care in and out of Whitby Hospital are set to be announced today (Friday).

Humber NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Doctors Urgent Care and Virgin Care were asked to get into competetive talks with the Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group back in the summer.

Two of these will be selected to enter the next stage of negotiations over the project to revamp healthcare in the town.

The CCG has been in talks with all three organisations over services currently provided at the hospital, what it would like to see incorporated and how they can be delivered more effectively and efficiently as there are currently three different providers.

One of the main priorities for the Whitby locality is care in the community and people’s own homes.

Some of the requirements the CCG has placed on the potential bids is provision for more community staff , provide 24/7 care and improve access to local outpatient services and local GP practices, both in hours and out of hours and third party projects such as be-friending services.

A spokesperson for the CCG said: “Whitby and the surrounding area has an ageing population which is set in increase in the future.

“The CCG therefore needs to ensure services are developed which meet the needs of increasing levels of frailty. “From extensive public and patient engagement already undertaken, it was also clear that patients put great value on accessing local services as close to home as possible.”

A panel of experts have been appointed to confirm the applicants’ capability and capacity to potentially deliver the services.

Throughout January there will be a rigorous final assessment and evaluation process of the two shortlisted.

A preferred bidder will be selected in March 2015 and the CCG will work with the preferred bidder to mobilise the contract .

It is expected to have a start date of 1 July 2015.