BUPA welcomes concordat with independent providers

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

BUPA Care Services, the biggest provider of care to elderly people in the UK, has welcomed the NHS concordat with the independent sector. The concordat, signed by Health Secretary Alan Milburn on October 21, commits the NHS to work with private hospitals and nursing homes in three areas ­ waiting list operations, intensive care and rehabilitation and preventative services for elderly people. BUPA managing director Mark Ellerby said the agreement was good news for patients, and that BUPA Care Services welcomed closer collaboration. “We believe the way forward is for local government, NHS trusts and the independent sector to work together as partners in providing the best possible care for all patients,” Mr Ellerby said. “Currently BUPA Care Services runs a number of successful intermediate care units across the country in conjunction with local NHS trusts. We have the capacity to provide intermediate care for 6,500 people. The concordat will provide the framework for us to do this. “However appropriate fundin

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