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Virgin legal challenge forces CCG to row back primary care plans

A legal challenge from a private provider has forced commissioners to undertake a full procurement process for several GP services in Hull.

As part of a wider plan for primary care services in the city, Hull Clinical Commissioning Group wants to create geographical groups of practices, each operating as larger scale providers.

The legal challenge was discussed by Hull City Council last month

The CCG has been operating under joint commissioning arrangements for primary care with NHS England since last April. However, HSJ understands the initial plan to create the groups, by inviting groups of GPs to take over practices currently run under time limited contracts, was challenged by Virgin Care.

Eight out of about 50 surgeries in Hull are run under alternative provider medical services contracts, which are due to expire in March. Three of these are run by Virgin…read more

HSJ: 15 February 2016

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