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Sussex CCGs finally get payment from disastrous outsourcing contract

NHS commissioners in Sussex have finally got back some of the money owed them following the 2016 collapse of the non-emergency patient transport services contract with Coperforma, according to a report in the HSJ.

The clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in Sussex are to receive a “significant” amount of money from a company called Sinocare Group Ltd, based in Hong Kong; this was one of the parent companies of Coperfoma. The full amount of the payout has not been disclosed as yet. 

The Coperforma contract in Sussex for non-emergency patient transport is perhaps one of the most high profile and disastrous failures of outsourcing in the last decade. The four-year contract worth £63.5 million was awarded to Coperforma in 2015 by seven CCGs in Sussex.

Full story in The Lowdown, 24 March 2022

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