HSJ: Trust complains of ‘fundamentally flawed’ procurement process

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  • Hertfordshire Community Trust chair wrote to MP about decision to award contract to London provider
  • Claims decision “at best looks arbitrary and at worst seems predetermined”
  • Work accounts for roughly a third of HCT’s income

A community trust that lost a key contract has written to members of Parliament, claiming the procurement process was “fundamentally flawed”.

Hertfordshire Community Trust chair Declan O’Farrell wrote to St Albans MP Anne Main, saying the decision to award a £40m contract to a London provider “at best looks arbitrary and at worst seems predetermined”.

In January, Hertfordshire Valley Clinical Commissioning Group announced Central London Community Healthcare Trust would provide its adult community health services.

The work accounts for roughly a third of Hertfordshire Community Trust’s income. Mr O’Farrell’s letter said: “I have some very serious concerns about the impact the decision will have on patient care and the sustainability of local services.”


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Date: 17 April 2019
Source: www.hsj.co.uk