Trust reviewing contract with BMI Healthcare

An NHS trust has confirmed it is in discussions about the future of private patient services run by BMI Healthcare at the Runnymede Hospital in Chertsey in Surrey.

The Ashford and St Peter’s Foundation Trust said it is ‘seeking to review’ its ‘long-standing’ partnership with BMI, said to have been in place for at least a decade, ‘in the light of their recent financial performance’ and Netcare’s decision to sell its stake in the business.

The Trust’s director of finance Simon Marshall told HM that ‘discussions of a commercially sensitive nature are underway’ but that no decisions have been made.

‘We will, of course, share more details about future plans for the site as soon as we are able to,’ he added.

In late March, South African healthcare giant Netcare announced plans to dispose of its interests in BMI, and in May reported that the hospital group had racked up operating losses of £20.3m in the first half.

A spokesman at Runnymede Hospital confirmed it had been in ‘confidential discussions’ regarding support services provided by the Trust to the hospital.

‘The Runnymede Hospital operates on a long lease on the NHS site and these discussions have no impact on the day-to-day hospital business’, he said