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DoH stop diagnostics contract

27th July 2007

The Department of Health has stopped a diagnostic services contract worth £257m after concerns were raised about standards and processes.


The contract was given to Atos Healthcare in December 2006 for NHS North West and NHS South West. The group were given the responsibility of overseeing the complete diagnostic service process.

After an independent review revealed issues, including the recall of patients to repeat tests, the DoH stopped the contract in April 2007.

The DoH stated that they made their decision when "it became clear that Atos Healthcare was not in a position to meet the contractual conditions and establish services to the timescales agreed.?

An NHS North West spokesperson told E-Health Insider (EHI) that they started an investigation "following the suspension of the ultrasound and MR scan provided by Atos".

The NHS spokesperson said that as many as 900 patients would need to be re-scanned.

An Atos spokesperson told EHI that the final details regarding the contract termination were still ongoing.

Health minister Ben Bradshaw said the government would carry on contracting services within the independent sector in order to "meet the local needs of patients and where they offer value for money."

NHS North West and NHS South West told EHI that they were working to make certain current services were not disrupted by the cessation of the contract and to "put in place alternative arrangements".

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Article Information

Title: DoH stop diagnostics contract
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 3582
Date Added: 27th Jul 2007



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