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Virgin Care Health Services Award Sends Council Back to the Procurement Process

Lancashire County Council in northwest England will re-evaluate its tendering process for public health services following a challenge from both Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust over the procurement process which awarded the contract for...


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HS2 Beset By More Procurement Problems

Britain’s high speed railway project, HS2, which aims to link London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester to over 30 million people has been beset with criticisms. Now Spanish manufacturer Talgo has begun legal action after what it claims was a “botched procurement” process. They...


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Council Scraps Energy Firm Costing £2.5m of Public Money

Portsmouth City Council, UK south-coast local authority, will scrap its controversial energy firm in a move that will lose at least £2.5m of public money. The council said the decision was taken as the wholly-owned company, Victory Energy, “would have needed millions” of pounds of taxpayers’...


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Hungarian Hospitals and Clinics Criticised Over Lack of Procurement Process

In an interview Hungary’s head of the State Audit Office has said that several hospitals and clinics did not make regular inventories, purchase equipment and supplies without public procurement contracts and have accounting practices which were chaotic and misleading. The president of the SAO...


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Malta – Five-Fold Increase in Value of Original Tender

A direct order worth €274 million for the 10-year management of a new facility at Malta’s St Vincent de Paul Residence for the elderly appears to be in breach of both local and EU public procurement laws, reports Times Malta. Malta is an EU Member State and bound by EU public procurement rules....


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Multi-Million Pound Road Project Faces Procurement Process Legal Challenge

The Belfast Telegraph reports on the ongoing legal challenges to the procurement process for a multi-million pound roads project in Belfast, in which errors have been found by a senior judge. The project in question is for one of Northern Ireland's busiest road junctions, and means it will be...


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New South Wales New Approach to IT Procurement

The NSW government is completely rethinking how agencies and suppliers interact in terms of IT procurement. It has developed a new procurement platform, buy.nsw, which aims to simplify the process of buying and selling IT. Following months of consultation with government CIOs, government buyers...


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Private Healthcare Companies Securing Plethora of NHS Contracts Investigation

Unite union, with members including 100,000 NHS staff, are calling for greater transparency over how companies secure NHS work. In particular it wishes to understand better how ‘Virgin and other private healthcare companies have acquired such a plethora of NHS contracts'. Virgin alone has...


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US City Receives Procurement Excellence Award

The US city of Santa Clara has received a prestigious procurement award for the fifth consecutive year. The city has received the achievement for its purchasing policies and practices. The National Procurement Institute has recognised the city with an Achievement of Excellence in Procurement...


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Procurement Fraud Scheme from Hungary Enters Slovakia

The Slovak Spectator has a run a story on Hungarian firms investigated by the EU’s anti-fraud office trying to do business in Slovakia. ‘Municipalities launched a tender for public lighting but their award conditions were so demanding that in the end one specific firm won almost everything. This...