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Tendering of Bristol's mental health contracts gives new hope

23rd May 2014

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership (AWP) are currently in control of Bristol’s mental health contracts. However, complaints led to their contracts being put out to tender in November.

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AWP had been accused of being too centralised, bureaucratic and not placing enough emphasis on local needs.

This could be due to their headquarters being located nearly 40 miles away in Chippenham, Wiltshire. (The healthcare body already covers a large area, including: Bath and North East Somerset, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Swindon and Wiltshire.)

Labour’s MP for South Bristol, Dawn Primarolo, said that there is a need for "a service that looks at Bristol and Bath’s needs" and that the winning bidder had a "duty to get this right".

 She also stated the “preferred bidder" would run the bulk of the partnership made up of AWP and nine other community-based organisations.

Bristol’s Clinical Commissioning Group said, in November, when it announced the contracts would be put out to tender, that it wanted a "more responsive service".



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