Contract extended over ‘integrated provider’ court case

Full story in The HSJ, 2 October 2018

A community provider’s contract has been extended by four months, pending a court dispute over an integrated care deal.

Central Surrey Health, a social enterprise providing community services in the county, is taking Surrey Downs Clinical Commissioning Group to court, claiming it breached a contract by continuing with an integration project in which the partners had fallen out.

CSH was one of five members of the Integrated Dorking, Epsom and East Elmbridge Alliance, which comprised of the company, three GP federations and Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals Trust.

The alliance was awarded a £100m contract in February, with the hospital trust the formal holder of the contract, but CSH has since said it has been “marginalised” out of the agreement.