Coastal West Susssex CCG’s main decision taking body, the Clinical Commissioning Executive, decided at its February 24th meeting to halt the existing MSK procurement process. The decision follows the withdrawal of preferred bidder Bupa CSH.
Our GP locality directors, executives and lay-members all contributed to a productive meeting. We discussed the legal advice around whether the withdrawal of the preferred bidder means the CCG must go back to the other bidders, start a further procurement exercise or, given the information that has come to light since the announcement of the preferred bidder, whether the CCG is able to commission the service in another way.
The decision to halt the existing procurement process does not impact on the CCG’s desire to introduce the new service. The MSK service model was designed by clinicians and patients and is a strong and well-supported model.
The CCG will keep all options open, with an aim to introduce the service as quickly as possible. We will begin discussions with current providers of MSK services as our preferred approach. Current contracts have been extended to the end of September 2015.