Exclusive: London GPs renew bid to take back out-of-hours

A GP-led social enterprise has launched a fresh bid to take charge of out-of-hours services in part of London just months after an initial bid was blocked.

Dr Deborah Colvin: GP bid to run out-of-hours
Dr Deborah Colvin: GP bid to run out-of-hours

GPs founded the not-for-profit City and Hackney Urgent Healthcare Social Enterprise (CHUHSE) to bid for out-of-hours services in the area.

Current provider Harmoni's contract was due to end in March 2013, but was extended for a further nine months.

At the time, the now-defunct NHS City and Hackney PCT said this was to allow the shadow CCG time to manage the procurement process.

City and Hackney LMC chairwoman Dr Deborah Colvin, who also chairs CHUHSE, said she was hopeful that the social enterprise would win the contract after putting in a new bid on 9 September.

‘I am hopeful because we have put in a very good bid,’ she said. ‘It was a huge amount of work. We have 28 GPs who are willing to work out-of-hours.

‘It has the emotional involvement of local GPs. The social enterprise has 100 GP members and 300 members of the public.’

City and Hackney CCG is due to make a decision on who runs out-of-hours services later this month.

The CCG has yet to confirm whether other providers are bidding for the service.

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