Derbyshire practice takeover4th April 2006
A contract giving control of a Derbyshire general practice in Creswell and Langwith to a US health management company, UnitedHealth Europe, has been put on hold after a legal challenge from a local resident.
UnitedHealth Europe, a subsidiary of the Minnesota based United Health Group, won the bidding process to manage the general practice. Scarcliffe Parish Council, which administers Langwith, voted unanimously to oppose the award, complaining that North Eastern Derbyshire Primary Care Trust failed to meet its statutory duty of public consultation. A final decision from the judicial review is expected in May.
Richard Smith, CE of UnitedHealth Europe Stressed the case concerned trust's consultation process, not UnitedHealth's competence in managing primary care.
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