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Update on the future of musculoskeletal (MSK) services

Friday October 3, 2014

West Sussex County Council’s Health and Adult Social Care Committee (HASC) met yesterday (October 2) to discuss the future of musculoskeletal (MSK) services in West Sussex.

The committee received an update from Coastal West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group following their decision to award the contract to become the prime provider for MSK services to an external organisation.

MSK services include orthopaedic surgery (planned operations such as knee and hip replacements), rheumatology, pain services and community physiotherapy, as well as imaging and pathology work related to these.

A prime provider takes responsibility for the whole commissioning budget and the design of the care pathways within that service.

The meeting also heard that the CCG has agreed to work with Western Sussex Hospitals to carry out a detailed joint impact assessment that will examine the full implications for hospital services more widely of any decision to transfer MSK provision to BUPA/CSH.

The meeting, which can be viewed on the county council’s website at the link below, concluded with the HASC resolving to ask the CCG to:

1. Consider all the concerns and issues raised at the meeting in taking forward the contractual negotiations, and to confirm that implementation of the new service will not take place until the Committee has received assurances with respect to local secondary care provision, including collaboration with local providers of trauma and hospital services

2. Consult with the Committee as soon as possible if it identifies that implementation of the new Musculoskeletal Service will lead to a substantial change to other health services in the area

3. Provide an update on the service implementation plans at the next meeting of the Committee on 13 November, or earlier at a special meeting of the Committee if necessary

View video of the meeting at http://www.westsussex.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/148210 

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