Flagship £800m contract collapses after just eight months

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 04 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6626
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. 1The BMJ

A landmark £800m (€1.3bn; $1.4bn) contract to provide older people’s healthcare and adult community services in Cambridgeshire has collapsed just months into operation of the services, after it was deemed “no longer financially sustainable.”

The provider, UnitingCare Partnership (a limited liability partnership formed by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) had been running the service only since April 2015.1 But the contract, one of the largest outsourcing deals ever in the NHS, has been handed back to Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group after both parties agreed to dissolve the five year deal.

The integrated …

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