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Monitor investigating NHS England


5 June 2013

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NHS England will be investigated by Monitor, under new rules designed to protect patient interests.

The national commissioning body stands accused of making purchasing decisions which breach both current and historic procurement regulations.

NHS England will be investigated by Monitor, under new rules designed to protect patient interests.

The national commissioning body stands accused of making purchasing decisions which breach both current and historic procurement regulations.

Thornbury Radiosurgery Centre complained about purchasing decisions taken by NHS England and its predecessor body, the North of England Specialised Commissioning Group in Yorkshire and Humber.

Monitor will now gather information from Thornbury Radiosurgery Centre and other relevant organisations including NHS England and review the evidence before deciding how to proceed.

"Following a complaint by Thornbury Radiosurgery Centre we are investigating whether rules have been breached in the procurement of radiosurgery services.

"The investigation is at an early stage and Monitor has not yet reached a view as to whether there has been any breach of the rules. We are now seeking further information from the organisations involved. If we find that a breach has occurred we will investigate whether patient interests have been negatively affected by these decisions."

Thornbury, which is owned by BMI Healthcare Ltd and Medical Equipment Solutions and based in Sheffield, provides radiosurgery services such as Gamma Knife surgery which treats lesions or tumours inside the brain.

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