• Why you shouldn’t take ‘light touch’ procurement too lightly

    8 May 2018

    Health commissioners should not be lulled into a false sense of security around procurement by the title ‘light touch regime’.

    That was the key message from Hempsons partner Deborah Ramshaw when she addressed a recent PCC workshop in London.

    Ramshaw told participants that although the new regulatory regime, which came into force in April 2016, is less prescriptive than the full regulatory regime, commissioners and their NHS partners still face the very real threat of legal challenge if they fail to act reasonably and transparently. Read what else she had to say in our report from the event.

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  • Commissioners urged not to take ‘light touch’ procurement regime lightly

    8 May 2018

    Health commissioners should not be lulled into a false sense of security around procurement by the title ‘light touch regime’.

    That was the key message from Hempsons partner Deborah Ramshaw when she addressed a recent PCC workshop in London.

    Read More
  • Five year vision for independent social care sector

    29 June 2015

    A new report warns of a collapse in the system if providers and commissioners do not work together and more nurses are not recruited into the independent sector. It states that the next five years will be crucial in ensuring that the care and support services that many people rely on remain sustainable.

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  • New procurement regulations take effect

    2 March 2015

    NHS organisations will now be able to buy supplies more smartly, cheaply and efficiently under new regulations implementing the EU directive on public procurement in the UK.
    The Public Contracts Regulations 2015, which came into force on 26 February 2015, broaden the possibilities for NHS bodies to conduct negotiations with bidders during the procurement process and clarify how to conduct market consultations prior to going out to tender.

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  • FAQ on tariff arrangements for 2015/16

    2 March 2015

    NHS England has published an FAQ on tariff arrangements for 2015/16. It follows a letter from NHS and Monitor offering an alternative to the original proposals made last autumn and, in particular, addresses concerns by NHS trusts that the original tariff would have worsened their financial difficulties.

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