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£800m NHS contract deemed “no longer financially sustainable”


7 December 2015

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One of the largest contracts in NHS history has been handed back to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), after it was deemed “no longer financially sustainable”.

UnitingCare Partnership has terminated its five-year contract with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG worth £800 million, just eight months after signing it.

One of the largest contracts in NHS history has been handed back to the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), after it was deemed “no longer financially sustainable”.

UnitingCare Partnership has terminated its five-year contract with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG worth £800 million, just eight months after signing it.

In a joint statement the provider and CCG said: “Unfortunately both parties have concluded that the current arrangement is no longer financially sustainable."

The outcomes-based contract is deemed particularly challenging because of the rapidly rising population in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, particularly of elderly people.

In October 2014, UnitingCare was named as preferred bidder for the contract, beating other providers such as Virgin Care and Care for Life – made up of Care UK, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust.

"The CCG will be working with providers of services in the coming days to ensure that there is a smooth transition for all concerned," the statement read.

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