Two private companies have been shortlisted in a procurement process for community and urgent care services in Lancashire.

West Lancashire Clinical Commissioning Group launched the tender after the Care Quality Commission raised concerns about services run by Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals Trust.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals has run the community services since 2010

The trust has not been shortlisted and said this was a “very disappointing decision”.

The CCG has invited Optum, Virgin Care, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust and Bridgewater Community Healthcare for further discussions about the community services contract, worth £45m over five years.

Optum and Virgin Care have also been shortlisted in the bidding process for some urgent care services, including GP out of hours provision and a walk-in centre in Skelmersdale. This deal will be worth £20m over five years…read more

SJ: 7 March 2016

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