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NHS: Contracts

Volume 472: debated on Thursday 21 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance he has issued on NHS trusts charging contractors for tenders. (187178)

Guidance on this matter is not issued centrally.

National health service trusts are responsible for their own good financial management. This will include looking closely at all opportunities to prevent or minimise any impact on services to patients.

Suppliers must decide for themselves whether to support a particular tender invitation after giving due consideration to the potential benefits and process savings that might be accrued from it.