Virgin Care terminates £270m prime provider role

As nhs england plays monopoly with our public money and certain cashstrapped services suffer we must repeal the Health and Social Care Act 12 that sold our NHS TO NHS England and reclaim it for the public who fund it


Virgin Care has terminated large parts of a controversial prime provider contract in the West Midlands, HSJ can reveal

Following an 18-month dispute with East Staffordshire CCG, Virgin Care has terminated all commissioning elements of its £270m prime provider contract.

On 25 September the provider handed the CCG partial termination notices for all services it is not the direct provider of. This includes hospital-based services, 111 and out of hours services.

Services provided directly by Virgin Care, which will remain part of the contract include community nursing, specialist nursing, care coordination and care navigation.

In 2015 East Staffordshire CCG awarded Virgin Care a fixed price, seven-year, prime provider contract worth £270m for community services.

As part of the contract, called “Improving lives”, Virgin Care took on the responsibility for the commissioning and integration of services for frail elderly patients and people with long term conditions.

When the contract…

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Bethany is back in the cell

Despite all the publicity and countless deaths and Stephenie Bincliffe and Thomas Rawnsley and huge media coverage of Bethany’s treatment. Bethany’s treatment gets worse because it is worth 13,000 a week to the private company giving it.

Whilst they own ATUs and Community Living and huge NHS money is paid for both, nothing will change , despite exposure and this is beyond shameful and illegal as this is not treatment under MHA as it is making the patient Bethany much much worse and is inhuman torture costing us the public a fortune to make private profit.

It Must Be Mum

Four days ago (27th October) Jeremy, Beth’s Dad, reported that she was back in seclusion – not the cell, in a two-room arrangement, but (crucially) with no hatch.  So, no way of talking to anyone other than shouting through a door.  So no way of hearing phone calls.  Screenshot 2018-10-31 at 17.05.50

It seems that passing her food involved some sort of distraction procedure you might expect to see in a zoo.

It transpired that despite making arrangements to move her from the cell, her care plan had not been updated: Screenshot 2018-10-31 at 17.01.17

And despite agreements by all that, communicating changes to Beth, should be very carefully managed… It wasn’t.  So, all in all, it appears that the change happened without the planning and communication required to make it a success.

Three days after Beth’s meltdown, and after three days of communicating through a door, Beth was back in the cell.  It seems her family were…

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Adult Treatment Units to ‘Community Living’ – Turf War for Billions ?

As the national newspapers reveal the horrors of ATUs, as the exposure of Winterbourne did 7 years ago, we must realise that removal from an ATU is to another institution ie ‘community living’ in the area the patient originated from it is not going ‘home’.

And the media revelations just result in cheap sales to other venture capital owners like Winterbourne’s sale to Danshell for 30 million resulting 8 years later in similar exposed abuse.

As in 2019 with ST Andrews.

And increasingly this new institution termed ‘home’ is also owned by the ATU owner, so the patients can and are being MHA sectioned back to the ATU at anytime, so a phyric victory.

Care is not changing it is still unaccountable and anyone- parents /friends can be excluded from this ‘home’ at anytime in MCA best interests. This is merely a manipulation not a solution and a turf war for billions. These patients never gain control of their care let alone their lives. They are saleable care packages for life.


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I thought long and hard before writing this post, as I did not want it to appear to condone in any way, the atrocity of life and death in an Adult Treatment Unit.

Atrocities like the 7 year ‘treatment’ of 18 year old Stephanie Bincliffe in an Huntercombe ATU, paid £1761 a day to lock and drug her in a windowless cell.

And no one was held accountable when this fit young woman’s heart stopped after she ballooned to 25 stone.

Clearly, it is illegal and morally reprehensible to imprison and drug anyone, let alone the autistic and learning disabled, as this is not ‘treatment’, or, determinable, as required by the MHA.

But is the solution of ’community living’ any better ?

And why is it that the purpose of all campaigns is only ever to move the autistic and learning disabled to local ‘community living’ placements ?

Never back…

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