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Five private firms shortlisted for Staffordshire contract

Five private firms have been shortlisted in the bidding process for Staffordshire’s £1.2 billion NHS cancer and palliative care services.

Run by the NHS Strategic Projects Team for the four local clinical commissioning groups, the move is the NHS’ biggest outsourcing exercise to date.

The services have been divided into two, ten-year contracts that are designed to provide an integrated care pathway for the patients. The cancer care contract is worth £687 million while the end of life contract has a value of £535 million.

Five bidders passed the pre-qualification stage for the cancer care contract:
  • CSC Computer Sciences
  • Interserve Investments
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • United Health UK
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

Seven bidders pre-qualified for the end-of-life care contract:
  • CSC Computer Sciences
  • Health Management
  • Interserve Investments
  • The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • United Health UK
  • University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
  • Virgin Care

The next stage in the process is the ‘invitation to submit outline solutions’. However, the documentation will not be released until the Staffordshire commissioners have reviewed NHS England’s ‘Five year forward view’.

The procurement process will run until the summer of 2015 and no contracts will be settled before next year’s general election according to the Strategic Projects Team.

Andy Donald, chief officer for Stafford & Surrounds and Cannock Chase CCGs said: “Our aim is to deliver the best possible cancer and end-of-life care for patients in Staffordshire so today’s announcement represents a significant milestone for our programme. “We will be continuing to listen and gather feedback from our communities to ensure we reach our goal of delivering care that is among the best in Europe right here in Staffordshire.”

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Posted on: 12/11/2014

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