England: virgin wins back HCP contract after legal challenge

07 December 2018

A council ordered by the High Court to re-run the procurement process for health-visiting and school-nursing services has identified Virgin Care as the preferred bidder for a second time.

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Lancashire County Council’s decision to award the £104m contract for 0 to 19 services in November last year was subject to a legal challenge from the trusts currently running the services – Lancashire Care and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals.

After a new process, with a new panel, the council announced that Virgin had again been selected to run the county’s Healthy Child Programme for the next five years, ahead of the trusts’ joint bid.

County councillor Shaun Turner said: ‘We know this is an unsettling period for staff and, once the standstill period has been completed, they will be fully informed about the next steps.’

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