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CCG launches consultation on £1 billion tender for elderly care

NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG has launched a public consultation on its tendering of around £1 billion worth of elderly care services.

The CCG is currently inviting bids for a five-year contract to run its ‘Older People’s Programme’ worth between £140 and £160 million a year.

The move has attracted protests from anti-privatisation campaigners, with critics warning it could see a private provider such as Virgin being handed its largest ever NHS contract, and Labour branding it ‘the most audacious sell-off to date’.

Patient representative Michael Bacon said: ‘If you want to have your say on the future shape of older people’s healthcare and adult community services, it’s crucial you give your views now.’

Residents can respond to the public consultation online or by post and the consultation ends on 16 June 2014.

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