Halt on transfer of health services
PLANS to transfer dozens of health services to an NHS trust criticised by inspectors has been ‘temporarily paused’.
National health chiefs at NHS Improvement want time to reinvestigate Liverpool community health’s plans to transfer services including walk-in centres, sexual health and district nursing to the Bridgewater trust.
The move comes a day after inspectors said the trust’s services around the North West, which include those offered in Southport and Ormskirk, “require improvement”.
This is the second low- est possible rating given by the inspectors.
Bosses at the Liverpool Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) had come under fire for their part in making Bridgewater the preferred provider, before the inspector’s report was even published.
West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper, a member of Parliament’s health committee, welcomed the pause, but warned patients and staff should not be let down again – after a bullying and harassment scandal under the previous provider.
An NHS Improvement spokesman said: “Follow- ing issues raised in the recent Care Quality Commission report about Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust, we believe it is appropriate to perform additional evaluation of plans to transfer services to the trust from Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust, to assure ourselves that the proposals remain appropriate.
“We are therefore temporarily pausing all work on the transfer of services.”
Ms Cooper said: “I believe this pause is the right decision by NHS Improvement. Through- out this process I have expressed my reservations about the suitability of Bridgewater Community Healthcare in taking over these services.”
Colin Scales, Bridgewater’s chief executive, said: “We welcome work by NHS Improvement to further demonstrate the progress we have made as a specialist NHS community organisation delivering community based care.
“We are an open and transparent organisation and our draft CQC report was known and shared during the transaction process.”