Manchester ACO contract delayed amid fears of 'unrealistic deadlines'

Full story in the HSJ, 30 January 2018

Commissioners in Manchester will delay the launch of a new accountable care contract amid concerns over “unrealistic deadlines”, HSJ has learned.

Manchester Health and Care Commissioning – a partnership created by Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group and Manchester City Council – had hoped to award a new £6bn contract to a consortium of community providers in April. However, minutes of a committee meeting leaked to HSJ reveal various concerns were raised about the timeline, with senior figures describing it as “unrealistic”.

An MHCC spokeswoman told HSJ a “local care organisation” formed between the group of providers, including Manchester University Foundation Trust, the council and local GP federations, will still go live from April. But she confirmed services will be provided through “existing contracts and partnership agreements”.