Following the court ruling that allows for the contract for the Treatment Centre to be awarded to Nottingham University Hospitals, current operator Circle Health responds.
A spokesman for Circle Health said:
“We are obviously disappointed that the CCG has decided to push ahead with a rushed handover which is not in the interests of patients. This does not affect our challenge to the CCG’s procurement process, which will be heard later this year.
“We are confident that the Court will find that the Commissioners have run a flawed and unfair procurement.
“Circle has provided services at the Treatment Centre for the past 11 years and we believe that we have presented the most credible, deliverable bid and that it is irrational for the Commissioners to award a contract of this size and importance to a Trust that is unable to meet current financial and operational demands.
“We remain highly concerned that the Commissioners are seeking to push through a rushed handover of services. They have previously recognised that any orderly transfer to another operator would require a minimum of 7 months, yet they are determined to push through a transition in July, just two months from now.
“Given the tens of thousands of patients cared for at the Treatment Centre and the complexity of the systems operated there, conducting a handover in such a short period of time threatens to undermine the quality and safety of patient care. Circle will do whatever we can to support patients and staff during this challenging handover process, but believe that the Commissioners’ actions will cause entirely avoidable disruption for patients and staff.”