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Private provider takes CCGs to court over contract decision

InHealth has accused five CCGs of acting unlawfully in their decision to award a contract for community diagnostic services to a new provider last year.

Brent, Central London, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, and West London CCGs made the decision to award the 5-year contract worth £15.6 million to Healthshare instead of the incumbent provider InHealth.

InHealth has told the High Court that the CCGs acted unlawfully, by not acting with transparency or treating bidders equally during the procurement process.

Both InHealth and Healthshare are private providers that have million-pound profits; InHealth turns over an annual profit of £4.5 million whilst Healthshare generates £2 million, according to accounts on Companies House.

Full story on HSJ, 20 February 2020.

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