COMMERCIAL: The south east London acute trust selected a consortium of HTI and Aspen as external partners to run the service with Guy’s and St Thomas’ Foundation Trust.

A report from GSTT’s chief executive Sir Ron Kerr said: “This unit will be a ‘spoke’ to the cancer centre on the Guy’s site and will ensure patients from outer South East London do not need to travel to London Bridge for radiotherapy for certain tumour types and palliative treatment.”

The site will be on the Queen Mary’s site in Sidcup.

The trust launched the procurement process in September 2011 and received eight bids under two lots.

Sir Ron said: “The trust will now need to clarify certain elements of HTI/Aspen’s bid. This will then allow finalisation of the cost to the trust of each fraction of radiotherapy. Following this stage, the trust will need to work with SLHT to gain planning permission from Bexley Borough Council to site the unit at Queen Mary’s Sidcup.

“The trust will then be in a position to enter a contract with the successful bidder for 10 years, extendable by a further 10 years by mutual consent.
“HTI/Aspen will have the option to deliver in the future private radiotherapy services from the unit. In line with our agreement with HCA, GSTFT would not be able to gain a direct benefit from this work, but would enjoy a subsidised NHS patient tariff.”