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Monitor investigates an independent provider for first time


7 August 2015

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Monitor has launched an investigation into Peninsula Community Health on behalf of patients in Cornwall, the first investigation involving an independent provider by the regulator.

The sector regulator for health services in England wants to understand what action is necessary to ensure “a smooth transition of services,” after the provider confirmed that it would not be seeking to extend its contract to provide community care in July.

Monitor has launched an investigation into Peninsula Community Health on behalf of patients in Cornwall, the first investigation involving an independent provider by the regulator.

The sector regulator for health services in England wants to understand what action is necessary to ensure “a smooth transition of services,” after the provider confirmed that it would not be seeking to extend its contract to provide community care in July.

Outside of its investigation, Monitor will also support local commissioners as they find a new provider for the area.

Richard Peden, Monitor’s director of independent providers, said: “We want to understand the financial challenges facing the organisation, and crucially how we can support a smooth transition of services to a new community care provider.”

In July, the provider confirmed that it would not be seeking to extend its contract to provide community care (such as community hospitals, district nursing and rehabilitation services) in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly beyond this financial year.

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