The franchising of Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust and Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: report, together with formal minutes, oral and written evidence

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons. Committee of Public Accounts
Publisher
TSO
Date of publication
5 March 2013
Series
House of Commons papers. Session 2012/13; HC 789
Subject(s)
Health Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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For many years to come, the local community as well as the NHS and taxpayers will have to live with the consequences of separate decisions to build a new PFI hospital at Peterborough and to award a franchise to a private company to run the nearby Hinchingbrooke hospital.

It is extraordinary that these decisions were taken separately despite the fact that the two hospitals are only 24 miles apart. This is in an area where the NHS has long acknowledged that healthcare provision is running ahead of local needs.

None of the health bodies involved, including the Department, seems to have looked at the overall impact these decisions would have on the local health economy. The reality is that there is not enough funding there for both Trusts to thrive as currently configured. Their financial viability will be further eroded if more people are treated outside hospitals, in line with present and past government policy.

Circle Healthcare, the franchisee of Hinchingbrooke, has not achieved its expected savings in its first few months and its Chief Executive has already left. We are concerned that the bid was not properly risk-assessed and the successful bidder was encouraged to submit over-optimistic savings projections.

The PFI deal for Peterborough and Stamford PFI hospital has proved catastrophic, with the Department now being forced to pay out nearly £1 million a week of taxpayers’ money to keep the Trust afloat.;

Both Trusts will have to make unprecedented levels of savings to become viable. In Peterborough and Stamford’s case, this won’t be enough. The future of both is in doubt, with unknown consequences for patients in the area and the taxpayer

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