NHS wanted deal that would pay per patient instead of a fixed sum contract
BARLBOROUGH Treatment Centre hit the headlines just over a week ago when it was revealed that the NHS had spent £8.2 million buying it from a private company.
It was previously run by Care UK and Derbyshire's NHS trusts and had contracts with the centre to provide knee and hip operations.
The Barlborough Independent Treatment Centre. The NHS has spent £8.2 million buying it from a private company.
Barlborough was set up in 2005 to bring down waiting lists – but the deal was based on a fixed sum rather than the number of operations.
Over five years it received £21.9 million from health trusts in Derby and the rest of the county, but carried out only £15.1 million-worth of surgery on local patients – about 17,000 knee and hip replacement operations.
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In January, the NHS decided to end its contract and tender for another that would pay per patient instead. It was then announced that the new deal – for 30 years – had been awarded to Care UK.
It was then revealed that the NHS was paying a further £8.2 million to Care UK to buy the centre, with Care UK as a tenant. The move was criticised by unions and politicians, who said people are well-served by hospitals in Chesterfield and Derby already. But NHS bosses said it would be an asset to the health service. The £8.2 million was paid by the Department of Health, with local health authority NHS Derbyshire County given rights of ownership.
In the past, the centre has been the target of several lawsuits brought by Derbyshire patients claiming their surgery had gone wrong.
But when its future was in doubt, more than 4,000 former patients pledged their support for keeping it open.
And yesterday, we reported that Care UK has won a Jobcentre Plus Award for helping unemployed people get work in the care industry.