Hospital’s MSK contract off the agenda

A&E, St Richard's Hospital ''Picture by Louise Adams C140028-6 Chi St Richard's Hospital ENGSUS00120140113154258

A&E, St Richard's Hospital ''Picture by Louise Adams C140028-6 Chi St Richard's Hospital ENGSUS00120140113154258

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THE AWARDING of the musculoskeletal NHS contract at St Richard’s Hospital, in Chichester, is off the agenda at the next county council scrutiny meeting.

West Sussex announced its health and adult social care select committee on January 21 would not be discussing the matter.

A spokeswoman said it would instead be focusing on the impact of winter pressures on local accident and emergency centres.

According to a spokeswoman, the meeting will just be told the negotiations are ongoing over MSK services between Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and BUPA/CSH Ltd, following the results of an independent impact assessment into proposed changes.

Chairman of the committee Margaret Evans said: “We are keen to see a conclusion to these negotiations as soon as possible. However, we fully understand that it is important to get it right. We all want a positive outcome and to make sure residents get the best service so we need to allow time for these negotiations to be concluded.”

The committee will look at the impact of winter pressures on local A&Es and other health services.

It will ask for an update on how the NHS and social care services have been working together to address recent pressures and what the causes have been. They will also ask about how they are planning for future similar situations.

The meeting will also hear about how the county council is preparing for the Care Act, the most significant social care reform in 60 years.

The meeting starts at 10.30am at County Hall.