Ambulance service awarded contract

Current provider Arriva opted not to bid to renew its contract

Current provider Arriva opted not to bid to renew its contract

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RESPONSIBILITY for Wigan borough’s non-emergency medical transport will return to the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

NWAS has been handed a five-year contract for the service in Greater Manchester worth £66.8m.

Arriva had prised the service away from NWAS in 2013 in a deal criticised by MPs, including Leigh MP and the then shadow health secretary Andy Burnham.

The private firm had been expected to bid to renew its contract but opted to pull out of the process after revealing it falsely claimed £1.5m in performance bonuses.

A statement from GM’s clinical commissioning groups said: “NWAS will now work...as part of a mobilisation process to ensure they are ready for the contract start and a smooth transition takes place with current provider, Arriva Transport Solutions Ltd.”