Spending Challenge website not funny any more

You may  have noticed if you followed the links to the Spending Challenge website from our previous post that they don't work any longer.  Here is the explanation - the site has been subject to 'malicious attacks' (really?  Or just funny ideas about cats?) so you can't see any of the ideas any more.

You can still submit though; I plan to submit a couple of (serious) procurement ideas today. Let's test out the process.


Have submitted my ideas - gave them the link to our previous White Paper but pulled out these two

"1. Ensure that price / lifetime costs are weighted at 60% minimum in all public procurement tender evaluations.  At the moment the weighting can be as low as 20% so solutions that are (in theory) 'high quality' win over those that are still adequate quality but lower priced.  We can't afford that 'quality' any more and it is often ephemeral anyway.  That is how we end up with expensive furniture in government offices, consultants on £3k a day etc.

2. Just as you are trying to 'cap' public sector salaries, 'cap' daily  / hourly rate on consultants and lawyers working on public sector contracts. Save money and avoid the headlines you will otherwise soon see;  "Police / nurses / teachers fired while top lawyers charge Government £400 an hour".

Also made a few comments about GP Commissioning on the off chance someone in Treasury who reads these things (and I know that's a big assumption; the suggestions may just be going into the electronic version of the bottomless pit...)  is slightly worried about how 500 GP commissioning units are going to be more efficient and buy better than 150 PCTs....

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  1. Rob:

    I can see where you chaps (and Polly) are coming from but GPs are ‘private enterprises’ which the NHS pays through a standard, nationally ‘negotiated’ contract. One group of GPs set up Nene Commissioning (see this link: http://www.nenecommissioning.com) which is a social enterprise (Community Interest Company to be precise). No competition anywhere, currently…so no precedent…

  2. Jonathan Flowers:

    I don;t think there’s going to be an intelligent debate about public sector salaries/daily/hourly rates until there’s a wider appreciation of what the private sector pays for the same skills.

    I’d be prepared to believe that many Daily Mail readers believe that people are paid more in the public sector than they would be in the private sector.

    I’d like to hear more from you about the Health White paper and the procurement implications. In particular, if true, the implications of the European Procurement bit of this: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/jul/17/tories-are-demolishing-the-nhs

    1. admin:

      I’m looking into that (EU regs etc). Pretty much uncharted territory but at the moment my view is simialr to that of Polly Toynbee in your link (and that’s not a phrase I’ve used much over the years….!); commissioning units will be very much caught by EU regs.

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