COMMERCIAL: A Bristol based social enterprise which saw its non-executives resign en masse earlier this year has been given a “clean bill of health” and awarded a two year contract extension by commissioners.
Bristol Community Health’s management agreed to undergo a due diligence process following the resignations in May.
Chair Richard Samuel and the four other non-executive directors walked out following months of disagreements with members of the senior leadership team, culminating in a row over executive pay.
Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group commissioned former North Somerset Primary Care Trust chief executive Chris Born to carry out the due diligence work. A report to a meeting of the CCG’s governing body earlier this week said the resignations had “not caused the continuity and management of services to patients run by Bristol Community Health to be put jeopardy”.
It added: “The finances of the organisation are sound and the organisation is being run in accordance with its constitution… The executive remuneration proposals that were produced do not in themselves present a cause for major concern but acted as the issue that precipitated the final stages of the crisis in the board.”
After receiving the report the CCG considered a paper on the future of BCH’s community services contract, which is due to come to an end in September 2014. The governing body voted to make use of a clause allowing them to extend it for two years in order to allow more time to develop service specifications.
Bristol Community Health chief executive Julia Clarke told HSJ the due diligence report was “a clean bill of health”.
She said: “People were worried there was some underlying issue behind the resignations but the due diligence report makes clear there was no impact on patient care and our finances are robust.
“Combined with the two year extension of our contract it’s a vote of confidence.”