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Public Accounts Committee
Report published 16 November 2016. Government response published 6 February 2017.
In December 2015 a five year contract, worth around £800 million between UnitingCare Partnership and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough clinical commissioning group collapsed after only 8 months because it ran into financial difficulties. The National Audit Office (NAO) recently examined the design, procurement and operation of the contract and the events that led to its termination.
This investigation examined the design, procurement and operation of the UnitingCare Partnership contract, and the events which led to the contract's termination. The NAO report also highlights accountability, governance and risk management factors behind the contract's collapse and establish the cost to the taxpayer of the contract's failure. The findings suggest that a number of factors contributed to the collapse.
These factors include:
The relevant oversight bodies, whilst complying with their statutory roles, took a narrow view of the proposed arrangements and did not protect the system from failing in this case. The contract collapse has wider implications for new models of integrated service delivery elsewhere in the UK, and NHS England has currently paused several other procurements with similar features.
Read all transcripts, written evidence and other material related to the UnitingCare Partnership contract inquiry.
Public Accounts Committee publishes report on the £800 million UnitingCare Partnership contract