‘Repetitive’ local gov tendering is undermining NHS covid response

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  • NHS Confederation calls for a 21 month pause of community and public health service retendering
  • Warns “politicians… and the public” must be “realistic about what a new normal level of community services will look like”

NHS leaders have called for the retendering of community and public health services to be ‘paused’ for 21 months, amid concerns about winter capacity within community health.

In a report exclusively shared with HSJ, NHS Confederation has said retendering these services “risks damaging [the] morale” of frontline staff as it creates an “unnecessarily uncertain future” for them.

The paper, written by the Community Network which is hosted by NHS Confederation and NHS Providers, said there have been “worrying reports of local authorities looking to retender contracts for NHS community health and public health services” to help cover a £7.6bn income shortfall for 2020-21.

It said “repetitive, disruptive” retendering would “destabilise” working relationships between the NHS and local authority commissioners. It suggested retendering be paused until the end of 2021-22.

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Source: HSJ.co.uk


Date: 4 August 2020