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Public health contracts worth £5million to go to council
THIRTY-five public health service contracts worth £5 million are to transfer from the county’s primary care trust (PCT) to Herefordshire Council by April.
The council expects a ringfenced grant of around £6.5m over the current financial year to help cover the contracts coming its way through last year’s Health and Social Care Act.
Some 35 contracts totalling around £5m – ranging in value from a few thousand pounds to £1.5m – are being transferred, most of which cover mandatory services.
- Sexual health services – including access to contraception and STI diagnosis and treatment. The value of these is in the region of £1.5m.
- Drugs and alcohol services – from acute services with a value in the region of £1.3m to community based services and information services valued between £10,000 to £20,000.
- NHS Health Checks – a programme with a broad scope of individual services which total around £550,000.
Current contracts will be maintained in the first instance for 2013/14, to minimise the risks to – or destabilisation of – services and providers during the transition.
But contracts will be reprocured beyond the coming financial year where savings opportunities or other perceived benefits are identified.
Public health staff have already re-located from the PCT base at Belmont to Hereford Town Hall with a move to the so-called public service hub at Plough Lane forecast for next year.
More details on the transfer are due before the council’s cabinet next month.