More than £300,000 ‘wasted’ over failed MSK deal

Dr James Walsh
Dr James Walsh

THE NHS decision-makers who awarded Bupa CSH Ltd a £235m health contract have been ‘extremely naive’.

That is according to Dr James Walsh, a county councillor and former GP who is calling for St Richard’s Hospital trust and other NHS bodies to be handed back the musculoskeletal services.

Last month private health consortium Bupa CSH Ltd dramatically pulled out of the contract negotiations after being named the preferred bidder.

Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently taking legal advice about its position. But the whole failed process has so far cost the CCG £348,308 of public money and it is still unclear how the new services will be run from April 1.

Dr Walsh said: “There’s no doubt the CCG got things back to front, it should have ordered the impact assessment before wasting a third of a million on the whole process.

“That should have been spent on improving services, not paying consultants and bureaucrats.

“I think the CCG has been extremely naive in the whole process. My view is because the contract shouldn’t have gone out to tender in the first place it should be handed straight to the NHS bodies who are fully capable of delivering the new service.”

And on our campaign reaching 23,075 signatures, Dr Walsh added: “It shows the great strength of feeling of the population in the area and the determination to maintain A&E units at both Worthing and Chichester.”