Tracy Dowling, Chief Officer said:
“There have been a number of published reviews into the contract failure. Each of the reviews has recognised the complexity of the procurement and each has made recommendations for all of the organisations involved, as well as the wider NHS, to learn from. We have accepted the findings from all of the Reviews. We will fully consider the recommendations in today’s Public Accounts Committee report to ensure that we have taken account of all possible learning from all the reviews.
“When the contract ended the priority for all partners was ensuring the continuity of services for our patients. Making sure we deliver good quality services to those who need them remains as important to us today. We are continuing to develop services along the lines of the model in the UnitingCare contract with Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and other providers of older people’s services.
“In common with other areas, we are now working with our NHS and Local Authority partners to develop a Sustainability and Transformation Plan to address the challenges of a growing and aging population. This needs to be a robust plan owned by all the organisations providing health and care locally which will allow us to meet our ambitions for health and care and to make services financially sustainable.”