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Cornwall PCT ‘failed to be transparent’


21 June 2013

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Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly PCT was not transparent in commissioning learning difficulty services, a report claims.
According to health sector regulator Monitor, the PCT made statements suggesting it had “closed its mind” to commissioning services from one particular provider.
However, Cornwall PCT explained it objected to the type of services provided (inpatient services) as part of PCT policy.

Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly PCT was not transparent in commissioning learning difficulty services, a report claims.
According to health sector regulator Monitor, the PCT made statements suggesting it had “closed its mind” to commissioning services from one particular provider.
However, Cornwall PCT explained it objected to the type of services provided (inpatient services) as part of PCT policy.
But the PCT “failed to conduct a transparent decision-making process” in relation to the placement of patients with a learning disability and mental health illness, it was revealed.
Monitor examined Cornwall PCT's decisions to refer patients to providers other than the complainant and found no adverse effects.
Catherine Davies, executive director of cooperation and competition at Monitor, said: "We have investigated this complaint fully and have found no adverse effect on patients. However the transparency of Cornwall PCT's commissioning decisions could have been better.
“This case should serve as guidance for commissioners as they seek to commission services that best meet the needs of patients."
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