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Capped tender saves £7m for Trust


The Guardian reports that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has made use of a "direct tender" system to purchase a patient records system at a cost more than £7m below the price paid by the Department of Health.

The Guardian reports that Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust has made use of a "direct tender" system to purchase a patient records system at a cost more than £7m below the price paid by the Department of Health.

"We seta capped limit for cost and we introduced this rate at the start of the project," Jane Berenzynskyj, Caerus project manager, at the trust told Government Computing.

"We were expecting any suppliers to adhere to that cap limit, and I know that it is quite a bit less than if it was purchased through the National Programme for IT (NPfIT), but I guess that is one of the advantages of going for a direct tender."

The trust paid £1.8m to supplier CSE Healthcare Systems for the Rio patient records system. It signed the contract on 2 July for six years, with a possible two-year extension.

"When Istarted the process I talked to people in the supplier community and the NHS to find out about the best price, but there is no national specification on which to base the selection process," she said.

"There is a paucity of information about what a reasonable price is, the best procurement mechanism, or what the specification should look like."

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