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Private bids for NHS clinical services fail

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7049.69 (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:69

Private health care companies have lost out in the bidding for a controversial project that could have led to Britain's first privately run NHS hospital.

The £27m ($40m) contract to build a new hospital in Stonehaven in the northeast of Scotland and supply a range of health services to patients in the area looks certain to be awarded to a consortium headed by the local NHS trust, Grampian Healthcare. It submitted the lowest tender and has been nominated as the preferred bidder, beating off competition from the two private companies on the shortlist, Westminster Healthcare and Lister BestCare.

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