A NEW out-of-hours GP service will start next month after the former provider Nenedoc lost the contract.
Nenedoc, which included a base at Daventry’s Danetre Hospital, had attracted criticism over its services and was costing tens of thousands of pounds a month more than expected.
Now it has been announced it will be replaced by a new company coming into the area from Kent, in April.
Nenedoc was formed from the former local providers, including the old Daventry district service SnowDoc, which had operated for some 25 years.
The problems led NHS Northamptonshire to re-tender the contract and this week Kent-based South East Health was named as the company that will take over the service from the start of April.
Dr Mark Barrowclough, Chairman of Nenedoc said: “Although the news of losing out in the tender process has come as a great disappointment to the entire Nenedoc organisation, the board accept the decision that has been made by NHS Northamptonshire, and we wish South East Health every success.
“As a Northamptonshire-based organisation, Nenedoc takes great pride in the quality of care that has been delivered over many years to our patients by our county-based workforce.
“We hope that many county-based clinicians will continue to be able to work in the out-of-hours service, with the new provider.”
NHS Northamptonshire said staff currently employed will be able to transfer to the new service and South East Health will continue using the same local bases, including Danetre Hospital.
A spokesman for NHS Northamptonshire said: “Local GPs will be invited to be part of the service.
“NHS Northamptonshire is committed to the continuation of a high-quality service and would like to reassure patients that this change of provider will not affect the continued delivery of out-of-hours GP services. Patients will see no change to the service.”