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Capita pulls out of Cambridgeshire old people’s services bid

Outsourcing firm Capita has pulled out of a bid to run Cambridgeshire’s £1 billion, five-year contract for older people’s services.

Capita had been the lead partner in a consortium for the bid, with Circle and Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS) and Oxford Health NHS Foudation Trust.

As the lead, Capita’s decision to withdraw has meant the end of the consortium. Circle and CCS are investigating what further action they can take.

CCS director of finance and resources Scott Haldane said: “After reviewing in detail the requirements of the integrated adult services procurement issued by Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group, Capita has informed its partners and the NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group that it is withdrawing from the process.

“Therefore the consortium between CCS NHS Trust, Capita, Circle and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust is no longer participating in the procurement process.”

CCS is the current provider of the older people services and Haldane said “the board will now explore the options before deciding the best way forward”.

Ten bidders had made it through the first round of bids and includes private sector firms such as Care UK, Serco, United Health and Virgin Care.

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Posted on: 28/10/2013

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