COMMERCIAL: NHS Newham has chosen to tender its drug abuse services after admitting that its existing services are failing.

The PCT’s board, which next meets on March 17, has been asked to approve plans to contract out its Moving On service, and its Drug and Alcohol Assessment Centre, to the charity Foundation 66.

The Substance Misuse Partnership Board, which includes representatives from Newham council and the PCT, identified Foundation 66 as the most economically advantageous bidder for both contracts.

Board papers released ahead of the meeting say: “Newham recognises that its current provision is failing to meet the needs of its population.”

The trust hopes the new offer will be more accessible, and give service users more choice over the treatment they receive.

The papers showed that the service redesign under consideration is “very innovative… whilst it is pleasing to note Newham is a ‘trailblazer’, it makes pitfalls harder to anticipate.”