Adult Community Health Service in Cornwall to be run by a consortium of health care providers

Since the announcement that Peninsula Community Health (PCH) no longer wished to have the contract for Adult Community Health Services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly – which includes the Helston Community Hospital  – there was a concern this service would be ‘privatised’. The rules state in contracts like this, there has to be an open tender, so other private healthcare providers were able to tender for the contract.

The Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group who are responsible for commissioning this service has today announced that a local NHS consortium comprising Cornwall Partnership Foundation Trust, Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust and Kernow Health Community Interest Company is NHS Kernow’s preferred provider to deliver the contract from 1 April 2016.

In a statement, the KCCG say:

This consortium brings together a wealth of expertise and knowledge encompassing the full range of health services from GPs to hospital care. It will offer multi-disciplinary care through teams of professionals, working across traditional organisational boundaries. They will use this to enable the people of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to live the lives they want to live, to the best of their ability.

I welcome this, and just because the name changes above the door, the services will have come to appreciate from this service will continue . People should continue to use services in the same way and talk to their GP about their health needs in the first instance.

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