12. June 2012 14:29
Nottinghamshire CCGs are inviting bids for a new contract to deliver expanded services from Nottingham Treatment Centre.
The services, worth £42m per year, will include a hepatitis clinic as well as dermatology, rheumatology, endocrinology and gynaecology services.
The centre is currently run by Circle and its subsidiary Nations Healthcare, who are expected to bid for the new contract.
Already the largest NHS treatment centre, the Nottingham facility is the most robust survivor of the ISTC programme that saw elective surgery and diagnostic testing franchised out to many private sector organisations.
With over 150 consultants, it is the closest approach yet to a private hospital that treats mostly NHS patients.
According to the tender notice, the chosen provider will lease the centre and “may be required to enter into various service level agreements with Nottingham University Hospital Trust and other health bodies” who will provide it with “certain support services”.
Circle is Europe’s largest private healthcare provider.