We are delighted to announce that NHS Kernow has chosen Cornwall Health to deliver the county’s GP out-of-hours [OOH] service.
Following a competitive open tender process, NHS Kernow chose the consortium, Cornwall Health – led by Devon Doctors, with Kernow Health – to provide GP OOH services from June 1, 2015, when the present provider, Serco, finishes its contract for a two-and-a-half-year period.
Kernow Health is a Community Interest Company owned by the GP practices of Cornwall; Devon Doctors Ltd is the GP-led social enterprise which for the past 18 years has provided OOH care across the border in Devon.
“We believe we are uniquely equipped to cater for the county’s OOH requirements and delighted that the commissioners, NHS Kernow, have recognised this,” said medical director Mike Ellis, himself a Penryn GP.
“One of the biggest problems facing OOH providers up and down the country is recruiting GPs to work in the service and, as we know all too well, this has been a particular problem here in Cornwall.
“However, choosing a provider in which Cornwall’s GP’s have a major stake and, with that in mind, are committed to supporting should go a long way towards mitigating against that.
“Clearly, there is still much work to be done before any contracts can be signed but we are thrilled that NHS Kernow has recognised our bid for this tender offers a wonderful opportunity to deliver the safe and sustainable OOH system the people of Cornwall demand and deserve.
Devon Doctors’ chairman Dr Bruce Hughes added: “We know from our experience in Devon how vital it is to have local clinicians on board and wouldn’t have entertained the idea of being involved in a bid for this tender without the support of Cornish GPs.
“With the backing those GPs and the expertise we have gleaned from delivering one of the country’s most-acclaimed OOH services, over a period of almost 20 years, it is my belief that the people of Cornwall can look forward to a much more integrated service, which will not only meet the needs of patients but, at the same time, provide continuity of care.”
Media contact: Damien Mills