Public Spend Forum Europe – Public Procurement Highlights from this Week

Public Spend Forum is dedicated to public sector procurement and aims to be a global community and knowledge network for improving public procurement and the public sector market. In Europe alone, we are talking about well over a trillion Euros of money from taxpayers and citizens being spent by governments and public sector bodies. Worth doing well, you might consider.

Part of the PSF site is dedicated to Europe-related issues, and that is where you will find our articles and news stories from this week, and, on this occasion, from the holiday period. It will require a one-off, quick registration to view them. Please join us – follow the links in the summaries below.

Virgin Care - Should It Pay Back UK’s National Health Service?

Virgin Care, a private sector provider that has considerable business with the UK’s National Health Service, has agreed a settlement with various NHS Trusts after it challenged the results of a procurement process.  The private firm took legal action against the six Surrey clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) who were the prime buyers and budget holders. So what was it that went wrong in the procurement process, we wonder. With 50,000 people signing a petition to ask Virgin to return the money to the NHS, it might be good for Virgin if more were known about what happened.

Doing Market-Making Doesn’t Mean You’ve Made A Market

Market-making is an activity or process that is a relatively new element within procurement; it applies when an organisation wants or needs to buy goods or services from the external supply market, but there is little or nothing available currently in the market to satisfy that identified requirement. So, market-making involves working to develop suppliers who can meet the needs, forming what is in effect a new market. There are many ways this can be achieved, however, we’ve seen many examples of a flaw in this process ...

Happy New Year - And A Quick Note About The New EU Thresholds

The new threshold levels for the European Public Procurement Regulations came into force on January 1st. These define the contract value above which certain steps must be taken, such as “OJEU” advertising of contract opportunities. In the UK, the thresholds have increased slightly because the pound sterling has depreciated against the Euro.  Here are some links to guidance from Crown Commercial Service, and to all the thresholds on the European Commission website.

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