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Another bidder pulls out of delayed £1bn Cambridgeshire contract

Consortium Accord Health has pulled out of the running to run Cambridgeshire’s integrated older people’s services contract, worth £1 billion, at the final stage.

The consortium is made up of support services and construction firm Interserve, North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and social enterprise Provide (formerly called Central Essex Community Services).

Provide chief executive John Niland told the Health Service Journal : “While we will not be part of this current procurement, we are supportive of this new approach for health commissioning and are committed to further involvement in this sector.”

Accord Health is not the first bidder to withdraw its bid. Serco, Albion Care Alliance Community Interest Company and a consortium consisting of Capita, Circle and Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust all pulled out too.

The five-year contract was due to begin in July however the start date was delayed by six months to January 2015. Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is running the tender said the delay was “to ensure there is enough time for development of full bidder submissions”. The CCG will announce the preferred bidder in September.

The final three bidders left in the running are: Care for Life, which is made up of Care UK, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust and Norfolk Community Health & Care NHS Trust; Uniting Care Partnership, which is made up of Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Foundation Trust and Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust; and Virgin Care.

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Posted on: 23/06/2014

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