Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NHS to Revive Contract with Clinic Suspended over Death of Patient

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

NHS to Revive Contract with Clinic Suspended over Death of Patient

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Byline: Kiran Randhawa Health Correspondent

A PRIVATE health company banned from working for the NHS following the death of a patient is to reopen in 20 London boroughs.

Clinicenta, which provided outof-hospital services in north London, was found to have made "significant failings" after a 76-year-old woman died within a day of being discharged from Barnet Hospital in October 2009. She was being treated for kidney problems.

An NHS London investigation found she was not assessed once by staff from the private clinic. A month later Clinicenta's contract was suspended for eight months.

When NHS London looked at employee records it found 49 per cent had not undergone Criminal Records Bureau checks.

It is believed it could cost NHS London millions to get out of its contract with Clinicenta, which began in July 2009 and is worth [pounds sterling]81.3 million over five years. The company is now in talks about when to resume its operations with 20 primary care trusts. …

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