Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) has been awarded the contract to run the Nottingham NHS Treatment Centre at Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC) after a High Court ruling.

Private company Circle Health provided services for Nottingham Treatment Centre for 11 years.

The company took legal action against a decision to award NUH a five-year contract for running the centre.

Circle Health said the manner in which the contract was awarded by the Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was flawed and unfair.

A spokesman for Circle Health said: “We are obviously disappointed that the CCG has decided to push ahead with a rushed handover which is not in the interests of patients. This does not affect our challenge to the CCG’s procurement process, which will be heard later this year.

“We are confident that the court will find that the commissioners have run a flawed and unfair procurement.”

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The latest ruling will allow NUH to complete its work with the CCG in order to start the new five-year contract.

NUH chief executive Tracy Taylor said: “We have always seen the Treatment Centre tender as an exciting opportunity to develop innovative services for the benefit of our patients and the wider health and social care community through more integrated care.

“Our proposal set out how we will provide services that further improve patient experience, outcomes and value for money to the local community in the Treatment Centre.”

Taylor said NUH was disappointed that there have been so many delays to the award of the contract and completion of the procurement process as a result of legal challenges.

“However, this legal ruling means we can now work proactively with our partners, including Circle, to ensure a smooth transition. We also look forward to welcoming new members of staff to NUH,” Taylor said.