It emerged tonight at the Camden Council health scrutiny committee meeting that Camden NHS (formerly the PCT) has proceeded with the tendering of the out-of-hours GP service now run by the doctors’ co-operative Camidoc, despite the call from councillors at the last meeting to put it on hold.
The results of the process will be announced at the next board meeting on March 15 (a public meeting 10am-12pm – Conference Centre, St Pancras Hospital, 4 St Pancras Way, NW1 0PE).
Liz Wise for the trust said that the losing bidders would then have 10 days to challenge the decision, but there was no mechanism for the public to do so in that period ( except possibly by means of a judicial review).
Regan Scott from Keep Our NHS Public led a delegation calling on the council to refer the matter to the secretary of state, but the council committee instead decided to monitor the information made public on March 15. It indicated that if the information provided was insufficient, particularly on the vital issue of how much of the service might be provided by the winning tenderer by nurses rather than GPs, it would “reluctantly” use a Freedom of Information request to obtain that information.