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NHS commissioners will decide whether to tender large contracts under new proposals

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l1616 (Published 04 April 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l1616

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  1. Matthew Limb
  1. London

The NHS will have “discretion” over whether to put services out to competitive tender under new reform proposals that should cut transaction costs, health officials have told MPs.

But the use of procurement will not end for good, and NHS bodies will still be free to purchase services from the private sector, the Commons Health and Social Care Committee heard.

Simon Stevens, NHS England chief executive, said that the NHS would not revert to a “closed shop” under the NHS long term plan. He and other officials, including NHS Improvement’s chief executive, Ian Dalton, were questioned on 2 April about how the NHS long term plan,1 published …

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