The NHS has increased the number of contracts that it advertises for external competition, as it is now required to comply with the general EU procurement regime.
For the first time, the NHS are under a statutory obligation to advertise their healthcare services contracts.
This is a significant change to the UK healthcare landscape, creating new opportunities for suppliers.
The NHS’s procurement of healthcare services has been regulated by the Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition Regulations (No. 2) 2013.
Any contracts for healthcare services above €750,000 (£589,148) must be awarded in line with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 using the “light touch regime” for social services. This “light touch regime” requires:
- Publication of a contract notices in the OJEU
- An award procedure which complies with the EU principles of non-discrimination and equal treatment.
What does this mean?
We anticipate that more NHS contracts will be put out to tender than ever before and NHS commissioners should reflect carefully on the legal risks of not competitively procuring health services. This change presents increased opportunities for private players and healthcare charities to win business with the NHS and public health services.
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