NHS Surrey has yet to quantify the total cost or risk of transferring its community services to Virgin Care, a deal which went live last April, it has emerged.
Papers from the primary care trust’s November board meeting said “work is ongoing to agree the completion value for the transfer of Surrey Community Health to Virgin Care”.
They added “risk associated with 11-12 completion value for the transfer” was yet “to be quantified”.
Assura Medical Limited − which has since taken on the Virgin Care name − beat the social enterprise Central Surrey Health and one other bidder to win the £500m contract last year. It involves eight community hospitals in south west and north west Surrey, as well as sexual health services and prison healthcare across the whole county.
The trust told HSJ the “completion value” was “not the same as the value of the contract itself and relates to agreement about any outstanding expenditure liabilities that enable finalisation of the transfer to complete”.
HSJ asked Surrey questions regarding: who it had to agree the “completion value”with; which elements were yet to be finalised; whether any of the costs still had to be agreed with Virgin Care and whether it had a provisional estimate of costs. The PCT declined to answer any of them.