In mid-March 2020, NHS England issued a confidential 48-hour tender for the immediate provision of online primary care consultation to help the health service cope with patient demand in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.
The accelerated tender documents were issued to a group of 33 trusted NHS suppliers by NHS England National Commercial Procurement Hub. The tender is expected to be evaluated and awarded by midday on Monday, 23 March.
It was sent to the Procurement Hub’s approved suppliers under the Dynamic Purchasing System Framework for online consultations, which includes the likes of Babylon, PushDoctor, Ada Health, EMIS, LIVI and Visiba Care. Suppliers were asked to bid on five lots, including text messaging, video consultations and automated triage.
Full story in Digital Health, 19 March 2020