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‘Gap’ in CCG assurance process for Care UK contract

There was a “gap” in commissioners’ assurance process for an urgent care contract with Care UK and the provider’s staffing model was flawed, a review has found.

The report by Verita, published last month, also found that the urgent care centre was “often understaffed” and the staffing model “took no account of predictable peaks in demand”.

In 2011, Ealing Primary Care Trust awarded a five year contract to Care UK worth £3.9m to run the centre in Ealing Hospital.

In August 2015, Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group asked Verita to carry out an independent report following an investigation by ITV that accused the service of poor care.

The review identified a “gap” in Ealing CCG’s assurance process as it “failed to recognise deficiencies in a number of UCC audits”….read more

(HSJ: 29 September 2016

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