The Principles and Rules of Co-operation and Competition place obligations on healthcare commissioners (mostly Primary Care Trusts) about the procurement of healthcare services. For example:
Complaints about procurement should first be addressed through the dispute resolution procedures put in place by Strategic Health Authorities and the relevant primary care trust. If parties are not satisfied with a decision made by the Strategic Health Authority, an appeal can be made to the CCP.
For a procurement dispute appeal to be accepted by the CCP, we must judge that:
The procurement dispute appeal process is governed by the CCP's Rules of Procedure and procurement dispute appeal guidelines.
|Complaint submitted to CCP||Day 0|
|Notice of acceptance published||Within 10 working days|
|Report to the relevant sponsor||Within 40 working days|
The timetable for a procurement dispute appeal may be suspended by the CCP to allow for the provision of further information, or it may be extended with the approval of the relevant sponsor.
We have published draft guidelines that set out the procurement dispute appeal process.