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Serco withdraws bid from £1bn Cambridgeshire contact

Serco has become the latest bidder to drop out of the running for Cambridgeshire’s integrated older people’s services contract, worth up to £1 billion.

The outsourcing firm is the fourth of the 10 bidders who made it through the first round of the procurement process to drop out.

A consortium led by Capita, which included Circle and Cambridgeshire Community Services Trust, was the first to drop out. Since then Albion Care Alliance Community Interest Company and North Essex Partnership University Foundation Trust withdrew from the process too.

According to the Health Service Journal, bidders had been concerned that the value of the contract falls short by “tens of millions of pounds” of what is currently being spent on similar services.

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it was “very encouraged” by the conversations it was having with the remaining bidders.

Neil Modha, chief clinical officer of the CCG, said: “With such a large procurement it is not unexpected that some of the bidders have withdrawn.

“We’re using a two stage dialogue process to ensure that bidders from across the NHS and independent sectors understand what we want to achieve and are able to submit their best first stage proposals in January.

“The level of engagement from the remaining six bidders, and the quality of the dialogue has been very encouraging.”

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Posted on: 28/11/2013

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