COMMERCE: Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group has named the bidders to make it through the first stage of a procurement process for a £40m community and out of hours contract.

Private firm Virgin Care, Humber Foundation Trust, and GP out of hours provider Northern Doctors Urgent Care are in the running for the seven-year contract to provide services for Whitby and its surrounding area.

The length of the contract aims to “allow stability for the local community” and  to help the successful bidder “to deliver improvements in the quality of services,” according to a statement issued by the CCG.

The successful bidder is expected to begin delivering services from next July.

Community services have been provided in Whitby by York Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust since 2011.

The trust agreed to terminate its contract with the CCG in February after agreeing its current offer could be improved.

It will continue its role until a new provider is selected.

The CCG is also consulting on proposed redevelopments to Whitby Community Hospital worth £6.3m.

Chief clinical officer Vicky Pleydell said: “This is the start of an in-depth, robust and legally compliant process to ensure that the organisation who is awarded the contract can really deliver against the very high quality targets we have set.” 

“We are now looking forward to working with the shortlisted bidders to understand more fully how they would deliver those services within the budget we have set and, more importantly, how the local community will benefit from enhanced services and how patients will receive high quality care,” she added.