Health bosses criticised after report released

Worthing Hospital's A&E department
Worthing Hospital's A&E department

A PROMINENT campaigner has questioned the competency of the Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) after the findings of an impact assessment into a controversial hospital services contract were made public.

Following intense opposition to the CCG’s decision to award a five-year £235 million musculoskeletal contract to private healthcare provider Bupa CSH Ltd, an independent impact assessment was commissioned.

A summary of the assessment, carried out by Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC), highlighted a number of potential knock-on effects on hospital services if Bupa was to become the MSK services provider.

Margaret Guest, chairman of Don’t Cut Us Out, said: “It’s pretty clear that the concerns the campaigners had have been justified. We feel very much vindicated, having pushed for the impact assessment.

For the full story, see the Herald & Gazette series, Thursday, January 1.