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Question to Kent County Council, 12 December 2013: NHS Commissioning

December 16, 2013 3:17 PM

Question by Dan Daley to Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Education & Health Reform

In the course of work undertaken by the KCC Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, we have had experience recently of two instances of failure of the new Commissioning system being operated by the Community Commissioning Groups run by GPs under new arrangements since the demise of the Primary Care Trusts.

One concerned the failure of service under a new contract with NSL for patient transport services throughout West Kent which has been the subject of much press comment - and the other concerned the failure through process to secure a valid bid to continue to provide the much needed Minor Injuries Unit in Faversham.

As the County Council is now contemplating divesting itself of direct service delivery, what safeguards will the County Council put in place to ensure that any service failure is rapidly addressed, since the County Council still must be held accountable for the services to be provided?