The NHS medical contractor, Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services, has abandoned its operations at King’s Mill in Sutton-in-Ashfield after it filed for administration. The healthcare firm cited financial pressures for stopping its operations at Mansfield’s primary hospital.
The firm has stopped its services, which include 24-hour GP services at the hospital. It has also stopped several other contracts in Rutland, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
FRP Advisory Joint Administrator and Partner Chris Stirland said that before going into administration, the medical contractor had acute financial problems, and the company had worked in conjunction with the care commissioners to ensure alternative service providers were in place.
Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services operated with about 190 sessional GPs, 151 healthcare workers (including primary care doctors, care home support staff and nurses) and more than 70 employees at King’s Mill. The new NHS contractor has absorbed a majority of the workforce after Central Nottinghamshire’s contracts were transferred. However, the remaining staff at the contractor’s Mansfield headquarters will be made redundant.
Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services started as a social enterprise about a decade ago. It provided out-of-hours GP services, urgent care, A&E, carer support services, an urgent care home team and other primary care services. Until 2015, it was a multi-million pound company.
The NHS medical contractor was already in the eye of a storm after the Care Quality Commission rated the primary care services provided by the contractor at Kirkby as inadequate. There were reports that the contractor had just one GP for a million patients.
Ashfield District Council Portfolio Holder for Health & Wellbeing Jim Aspinall said that he had expressed his misgivings about Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services to the Clinical Commissioning Group, who assured him that the services would not be affected.
King’s Mill is trying to minimise the impact on patients. While Central Nottinghamshire Clinical Services provided a part of the hospital’s services, the cessation of services would affect other emergency care departments, opined Chris Episkopos, a junior doctor.