Bristol mental health services out to tender

Adult mental health services in Bristol are being put out to tender.

Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) made the decision following complaints from staff and patients within the NHS.

Iain Tully, chief executive of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership, which currently runs the service, admitted it had not been up to the job.

He said he felt services had been more focused on hitting national targets than local needs.

The deal is worth about £40m and the new services will be implemented in the autumn of 2014.

'Not happy'

Dr Martin Jones, chairman of the CCG, said: "This decision is a clear message that Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group hears and acts on feedback about services.

"As clinical leaders we were told patients and GPs were not happy with mental health services in Bristol and we have resolved to re-procure them.

"We want a local, responsive, city-wide mental health service for Bristol."

Mr Tully, who has been chief executive of the partnership for the last six months, said: "There has been dissatisfaction and I think my organisation, over the last few years, has failed to address the expectations of the people [of Bristol].

"We must work more closely with the local and voluntary sector organisations, even with the private sector, with housing organisations, and we've got to connect absolutely with the needs of the people of the city of Bristol."

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