The tender process in Staffordshire for a controversial contract for cancer services worth £687m has been abandoned; the consortium led by Interserve, failed to convince commissioners its offer was financially viable.
Four Staffordshire CCGs began the tender process for the 10 year, prime provider contract in 2013 and HSJ reports that the procurement has cost the CCGs more than £840,000.
The consortium led by Interserve was the only bidder left in the process remained in the running for the contract. The consortium also included University Hospitals North Midlands Trust and The Royal Wolverhampton Trust.
The collapse of the £800m UnitingCare Partnership contract, which was abandoned in December 2015 eight months after going live, led to a pause in the procurement of the Staffordshire cancer contract and a separate £535m end of life care contract. However, the process resumed in November.
Full story in HSJ, 10 April 2017