A new bid made by a group of healthcare providers has become the largest in the history of the healthcare system.
This new quote is for an enormous integrated care contract in the Manchester region, which will provide both out of hospital health and care services once agreed.
The Manchester Health and Care Commissioning receivef the bid from the so-called Manchester Provider Board; a consortium which consists of Manchester City Council, local GP federations, the city’s three acute trusts, community service providers and Greater Manchester Mental Health Trust.
With no rival bid at this time, it seems extremely likely that the consortium will ultimately be awarded the contract.
This vast contracts is worth nearly £6 billion, as NHS authorities in Manchester aim to develop a local care organisation in the region.
This new body would then be responsible for delivering all non-acute services across Manchester; arguably the most important city in the north of England.
A letter sent by Ian Williamson, chief accountable officer of Manchester Health and Care Commissioning, indicated the intention to award the contract by the early months of 2018, once the evaluation of the Manchester Provider Board’s final proposal has been completed.
The letter sent earlied this week stated: “I am now able to inform you that we have receive a single submission at the qualification stage that this has been assessed as compliant. This enable us to move to the more details award stage.”
And the letter goes on to outline the process that will take place ahead of the award of the contract in the early months of 2018.
“We will now undertake a ’strategic dialogue’ with the bidding consortium in which we will invite a detailed proposal to meet the requirements of the LCO service…we anticipate that a 10 year contract will be awarded in early 2018. This will be followed by a period of mobilisation prior to a go-live date of April 2018.”
This latest news follows shortly after the initiation of a £5 billion multi-speciality community provider tender by Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, as the number of mega-contracts in the NHS begins to increase.
Meanwhile, Stockport CCG has decided against a competitive procurement process and instead plans to create a new Care Trust to provide non-acute services.
Earlier this week the Competition and Markets Authority announced a decision indicating it was likely to clear the merger of Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust and University Hospital of South Manchester FT.
The government and NHS authorities have previously indicated their intention to create more such partnerships within the healthcare system.