COMMERCIAL: Monitor has upheld its ruling that Cornwall primary care trust should have been more transparent in its commissioning of learning disability services.

St Piran’s Healthcare complained to the Co-operation and Competition Panel that the PCT had breached competition rules by deciding not to commission specialist inpatient mental health and learning disability services from independent sector providers in Cornwall, and specifically from St. Piran’s Kryllas Manor.

The panel found there was no decision to exclude the independent sector from providing specialist inpatient mental health and learning disability services. It published its provisional findings last month and has now confirmed them as final.

Catherine Davies, executive director of co-operation 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.”