Author: Editorial Team

Fears new procurement rules could lead to unregulated healthcare market

In its first major piece of primary legislation on health and care in England since the Health and Social Care Act 2012, a new health and care bill in the UK that would allow NHS bodies to award contracts for clinical care to private health care providers without competition has sparked fears that it could see a repeat of the contract scandals surrounding personal protective equipment and testing that occurred during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tender Trends: Then and Now Chapter 6 – Covid

The COVID-19 outbreak brought unprecedented challenges for governments to ensure not only the health of their citizens but also public service continuity. It was the biggest humanitarian challenge of the century, and one that quickly impacted global commerce and trade. With no time to ponder on how to fix the broken or outdated systems or rewrite procurement policy almost overnight emergency procurement legislation to bypass competitive bidding was enacted.  It was a free for all grab between countries for emergencies supplies.

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