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Local healthcare review - wider discussions now ensure high quality care for our patients in future

24 June 2014

In response to Chairman of the BMA Mark Porter’s speech today, Dr Paul Hassan and Dr Nicola Smith, clinical leads and Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes CCGs respectively have said:

“As GPs, our primary aim in pursuing this healthcare review is to face up to current and future challenges and secure safe and sustainable healthcare for our patients. To do this honestly and transparently, we must be prepared to talk to a range of organisations in and outside the NHS.

“We note the BMA’s concerns about our invitation for expressions of interest from health providers; however, it is good practice to engage the market. We are testing different models of care with our clinicians and it makes sense that we should also do this with providers across the public, private and voluntary sectors. This is not a procurement exercise for any specific services options.

“The organisations invited to express an interest have included all NHS trusts, current local providers including voluntary organisations, and some of the major private providers in the UK. We also approached six international organisations, at random, to help us gather information and intelligence of what is available outside the UK.

“An informal event, with invited participants, this week will see around 50 of these organisations share information and ideas. The Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review will make recommendations at the end of July with a view to consulting local people on possible changes in the autumn.”

A full list of the providers contacted can be found here.

For further information contact: Sharna Reeves, tel 07500 880553; Lucie Carrington, tel 07920 459662; Wayne Rabin, tel 07824 129133.

Notes to editors

Notes for editors:

  • Dr Mark Porter’s speech to the BMA annual conference can be found here:


  • The Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review is looking at hospital, community and GP health services across Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes. It is being led by Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) with support from three national agencies, Monitor, the Trust Development Authority and NHS England.
  • The six international organisations approached, at random, were: Sana Kliniken GmbH, Srh Kliniken GmbH, Asklepios, Rhön Klinikum and MediClin AG in Germany and Apollo in India. They were chosen at random from a list of nearly 200 international providers.
  • The Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes Healthcare Review will make recommendations at the end of July on options for the future organisation of local health services. Patients and the public will be consulted on these options in the autumn.
  • NHS Bedfordshire CCG is responsible for buying hospital and community healthcare in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. NHS Milton Keynes CCG buys hospital and community care within Milton Keynes. NHS England Hertfordshire & South Midlands is responsible for buying some specialist health services in the area and holds the contracts for local GP surgeries.





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