A controversial tender for cancer services in Staffordshire worth £687m has been abandoned after a consortium led by a private provider failed to convince commissioners its offer was financially viable.

The tender process for the 10 year, prime provider contract has been running since 2013 and HSJ understands the procurement has cost the four Staffordshire CCGs more than £840,000.

Only one bidder, a consortium led by Interserve, remained in the running for the contract. The consortium also included University Hospitals North Midlands Trust and The Royal Wolverhampton Trust.

The decision by commissioners not to award the contract on financial grounds follows the collapse of the £800m UnitingCare Partnership contract, which was abandoned in December 2015 eight months after going live.

As a result, procurement of the Staffordshire cancer contract and a separate £535m end of life care contract were paused for several months while a review was carried out. The process resumed in November….read more

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