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  • NHSE has agreed to investigate concerns raised by MP Andrew Griffiths over procurement of children’s autism services in Staffordshire
  • National commissioner’s review comes in response to request from health secretary last week
  • Follows previous concerns over quality of services and gaps in contracting

NHS England has agreed to investigate concerns raised by an MP about a clinical commissioning group’s procurement of childrens’ autism services following a request from the health and social care secretary.

Matt Hancock wrote to NHSE chief executive Simon Stevens last week, asking him to investigate concerns raised by Conservative MP for Burton Andrew Griffiths about the procurement of a children’s autism service in South Staffordshire.

Earlier this year, commissioners in South Staffordshire decided to reprocure children’s autism diagnosis services, which were previously provided by social enterprise Midlands Psychology.

The Staffordshire CCGs’ decision followed an independent review last year, which was highly critical of Midlands Psychology and the children and adolescent mental health service provider — Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust — for putting children with autism at risk. NHSE has also held multiple risk summits this year due to concerns over the services.

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Source: HSJ