Doctors warn local authorities about putting sexual health services out to tender

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 02 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:f7715
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

The Royal College of Physicians and the body that represents genitourinary medicine specialists have written to every local authority in England urging them to think carefully before putting sexual health services out to tender.

The college and the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) said that tendering of services poses key threats to the care of patients who have sexually transmitted diseases and are a risk to public health.

Responsibility for commissioning sexual health services passed to local authorities in April 2013, most of which are expected to find providers through tendering, as they do for other types of local authority services.

Local councils are …

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