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Virgin contract to run children’s services to go ahead despite non-compliance with law

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 23 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7166
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A £132m (€160m; $210m) contract awarded to Richard Branson’s healthcare company to run children’s health and social care services in Devon failed to comply with the law but can still go ahead, a judge has ruled.

Judge Christopher Vosper, sitting in the High Court at Swansea, held that Devon County Council and the primary care cluster of NHS Devon, Plymouth and Torbay had failed to carry out the equality impact assessment required by law at an early enough stage in the procurement process.

A mother whose …

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