NOUS AQP inquiry

You asked

I have come to know that one of the NOUS AQP provider Direct Medicare has got its contract dissolved. As a member of the public and resident of Tameside I would like to know the reason of it. Members of my family got scanned by this company and I want to know the cause of the contract been dissolved. 

Our response

NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the lead commissioner of this contract. The following CCGs are associate commissioners to the contract:

  • NHS Bolton CCG
  • NHS Bury CCG
  • NHS Manchester CCG
  • NHS Oldham CCG
  • NHS Salford CCG
  • NHS Stockport CCG
  • NHS Tameside & Glossop CCG
  • NHS Wigan Borough CCG

I can confirm that the decision to terminate the contract was made after Direct Medicare was found to have operated in breach of their Greater Manchester non-obstetric ultrasound contract.  There are no indications that their activity put any patients at risk.