Virgin Care is likely to lose a children’s contract worth hundreds of millions of pounds as commissioners are set to name an NHS consortium as preferred bidders.

Northern, Eastern and Western Devon and South Devon and Torbay clinical commissioning groups’ joint procurement team recommended to their governing bodies that Devon Children and Families Alliance be the preferred bidder for community health and wellbeing services across the county.

The alliance comprises the six main providers in the county: Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust, Devon Partnership Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter FT, University Hospitals Plymouth Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, and Livewell Southwest (a community interest company).

The contract is worth £166m over seven years, with the potential to extend for three years.

Full story in HSJ, 25 September 2018

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