In Focus: Tender procurement sparks row

Croydon LOC has complained of unfair treatment during a competitive tender process.

Croydon Local Optical Committee (LOC) announced last week that its community company would cease the running of the Croydon Community Ophthalmology Service (COS) following a decision to award the contract to Primary Eyecare Services (PES).

The Community Ophthalmology Service (COS) in Croydon provided eye care through local community-based optometrists and aimed to provide patients with recently occurring eye conditions treatment and advice closer to home without referral to Moorfields Eye Hospital. Triage and screening for Moorfields represented another function of the service, with patients in Croydon required to be seen through COS before they could be referred

In a statement, Croydon LOC said: ‘It is extremely disappointing that, having been involved in this Croydon service for over 11 years and having developed it into what has widely been acknowledged as an exemplar service, a decision has been made in Moorfields’ strategic interests rather than in the interests of all stakeholders in Croydon.’

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