Voluntary groups can bid to help run NHS hospital

Franchise offers opportunity to help provide 'full range of services' at Hinchingbrooke Hospital

Third sector organisations with a strong track record in providing health services are being invited to submit bids to become partners in the running of an NHS hospital.

NHS East of England, NHS Cambridgeshire and Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust have launched the first franchise offer of its kind to find a partner to provide the full range of clinical and non-clinical services at Hinchingbrooke Hospital in Huntingdonshire.

An experienced healthcare provider from the NHS, the private sector or the third sector is being sought to provide the full range of services currently offered by the hospital.

The franchise will be for a fixed period, currently proposed to be seven years, with the new partner being required to provide innovative proposals focusing on improving efficiency and investment to cut the hospital's £38.9m deficit.

Dr Stephen Dunn, director of strategy at NHS East of England, said: "We are aiming to deal with the hospital's historic debt, while improving service quality for patients and securing value for money for taxpayers."

Applications to be considered for the franchise need to be submitted by 16 November.

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