Private healthcare provider Bupa CSH has withdrawn from the procurement process of a multi-million pound contract to provide musculoskeletal (MSK) services in Coastal West Sussex. This comes after an independent impact assessment, looking at the effect the procurement would have on wider services at Worthing Hospital and St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester, found that if Bupa provided the service the quality of care would be compromised and other services destabilised.
Dr Carl Walker, National Health Action Party candidate for East Worthing & Shoreham, has been part of the coalition working against the contract and organised a large public meeting in November which called for BUPA to withdraw:
"This is welcome news. The withdrawal of BUPA CSH from the procurement process means that, finally, thanks in part to the local newspaper campaign and the work of local campaigners, our local health services won't be put at risk as a result of this contract".
"The real concern now is how the CCG responds to this setback. The overwhelming response from local people is that these services continue to be provided by the Trust since any tendering to private companies will inevitably lead to fragmentation of services and poorer care for patients".
"One would like to think that the CCG, who awarded the contract without the impact assessment which was shown to be so important, will in future think more carefully before awarding contracts that could potentially destabilise our local health services".