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England: council will rerun bid process for healthy child programme

03 October 2018

Lancashire County Council will re-evaluate its tendering process for school-nursing and health-visiting services after a court blocked its decision to award a £104m contract to Virgin Care.

Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which currently deliver the public health service for 0 to 19-year-olds, made a legal challenge after they lost out to Virgin.

The council has also agreed to pay an estimated £200,000 towards the trusts’ legal costs.

The High Court ordered the council to set aside the decision after raising issues with record-keeping during the moderation element of the process.

Now the scoring and moderation stages will be rerun with a new panel, which will decide who will be awarded the contract.

The current contract with the trusts expires in March 2019.

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