COMMERCIAL: Private provider Care UK will continue providing services at the St Mary NHS Treatment Centre in Portsmouth after winning a five year contract for elective services at the site.

The £54.6m contract awarded by Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group has the option for a two year extension if both parties are happy to continue beyond 2021.

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Care UK will provide elective treatment and urgent care services until at least 2021

The centre, which has been run by Care UK since it opened in 2005, provides elective treatment and urgent care services, as well as a range of diagnostic functions.

A Care UK spokeswoman said that “vast majority” of current procedures are expected to continue under the new arrangements, as well as additional services being rolled out into the community early next year.

The contract will begin in January 2016.

The announcement follows a complaint from the company last month that NHS commissioners in north east London broke rules around price competition when they awarded a treatment centre contract to a local NHS trust.

The complaint was made after Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, and Waltham Forest CCGs awarded the contract to provide elective care services at the North East London Treatment Centre to Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust.

Care UK, the incumbent provider, claimed that Barking, Havering and Redbridge won the contract at prices lower than those agreed in the national tariff.