Changes to care in limbo after deadline missed

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The takeover of out of hours services in Whitby by Virgin Care has been left in limbo due to the paperwork not being completed on time.

The provider was due to start running services on Wednesday, but a last minute issue has thrown the future of the change into doubt.

On Wednesday Virgin should have become the single provider of community and out of hours health care in Whitby, which at the moment comes from a number of different organisations.

Virgin’s contract is worth £6 million annually and would last for seven years.

Whitby’s Clinical Commissioning Group says it remains hopeful the change will still happen, but gave no date on when that might be.

Virgin’s contract is worth £6 million annually and would last for seven years.

Dr Vicky Pleydell, clinical chief officer at Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG, said: “Over the past couple of years we have led an extensive procurement process to appoint a new provider of community and out of hours services for Whitby and the surrounding area. Virgin Care was selected as the preferred bidder in March 2015, with a contract start date of Wednesday July 1.

“However, Virgin Care and the incumbent provider, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, have been unable to complete the necessary legal frameworks to facilitate this handover, despite everyone’s best efforts.

“This has been outside of our control.

“While this situation is disappointing, it is important to stress there will be no interruptions to the safe and professional health services received by local patients.

“Until the contract handover takes place the existing management arrangements remain as they are.

“We are working hard with our partners to resolve this as soon as we can.

“We continue to be fully committed to enhancing health services in the Whitby area and providing care closer to home wherever it is clinically appropriate.”

Virgin Care said it was unable to comment at this time.