Bazian services to the NHS and related issues

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Dear NHS England,

Please advise as follows:

1. How much has the NHS spent on consultants Bazian (for clarity http://www.bazian.com is the entity this FOI request refers to) in 2015, 2016 and in 2017 to date

2. Of the amount in 1. above, how much of that expenditure in 2015, 2016 and in 2017 to date was for NHS Choices - Behind the Headlines? (this web link refers http://www.bazian.com/services/healthcar...)

3. List any contracts awarded or tender exercises Bazian won from the NHS, and if there was a tender exercise, please advise which other entities bid for work, and supply the value of any such contracts or tenders won for the years 2014, 2016 and 2017 to date.

4. Did the NHS carry out any due diligence, conflict of interest enquiries or other means of determining whether Bazian and/or its individual employees was related to any entities that might have a financial interest in NHS privatisation, or in selling medications or services to the NHS?

5. Please advise the current official NHS position on any link between the use of anti-depressants and: diabetes, heart disease, self-harm, violent crime, suicide, homicide.

Yours faithfully,

Suzanne Kelly

FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Ms Kelly,

 

Thank you for your communication dated 4 August 2017.

 

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Freedom of Information

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FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Ms Kelly,

 

Re: Freedom of Information request (Our Ref: FOI-054108)

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 04 August
2017.

 

Your exact request was:

 

“Please advise as follows:

 

1.  How much has the NHS spent on consultants Bazian (for clarity
[1]http://www.bazian.com is the entity this FOI request refers to) in
2015, 2016 and in 2017 to date

 

2.  Of the amount in 1. above, how much of that expenditure in 2015, 2016
and in 2017 to date was for NHS Choices - Behind the Headlines? (this web
link refers [2]http://www.bazian.com/services/healthcar...)

 

3.  List any contracts awarded or tender exercises Bazian won from the
NHS, and if there was a tender exercise, please advise which other
entities bid for work, and supply the value of any such contracts or
tenders won for the years 2014, 2016 and 2017 to date.

 

4.  Did the NHS carry out any due diligence, conflict of interest
enquiries or other means of determining whether Bazian and/or its
individual employees was related to any entities that might have a
financial interest in NHS privatisation, or in selling medications or
services to the NHS?

 

5.  Please advise the current official NHS position on any link between
the use of anti-depressants and:  diabetes, heart disease, self-harm,
violent crime, suicide, homicide.”

 

 

NHS England holds information in relation to your request.

 

Please note, however, that we are only able to respond on behalf of NHS
England, and not the NHS as a whole. It may help if we explain that NHS
England is not ‘the NHS’. The NHS in England is not a single organisation
but is made up of a range of organisations such as Hospitals, Clinical
Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Ambulance Trusts. NHS England is
responsible for commissioning primary care services such as GP and dental
surgeries, as well as some specialised secondary care services. Therefore,
any recorded information NHS England may be able to provide in response to
an FOI request will generally relate to the services NHS England
commissions.

 

For information on commissioned services and the types of information NHS
England holds can be found on our [3]website and [4]publication scheme.
For further information on the NHS, its structure and other NHS
organisations please refer to NHS Choices [5]here.

 

For ease of reference, we will answer each of your questions in turn.

 

1. How much has the NHS spent on consultants Bazian (for clarity
[6]http://www.bazian.com is the entity this FOI request refers to) in
2015, 2016 and in 2017 to date

 

2015    £14 400

2016    £24 650 + VAT

2017    Nil

 

 

2. Of the amount in 1. above, how much of that expenditure in 2015, 2016
and in 2017 to date was for NHS Choices - Behind the Headlines? (this web
link refers [7]http://www.bazian.com/services/healthcar...)

 

None of this expenditure related to NHS choices – Behind the Headlines.

 

 

3. List any contracts awarded or tender exercises Bazian won from the NHS,
and if there was a tender exercise, please advise which other entities bid
for work, and supply the value of any such contracts or tenders won for
the years 2014, 2016 and 2017 to date.

 

There was a tender exercise carried out in 2016 in which 3 quotes were
obtained from market using SBS. The following organisations bid for this
tender:

 

Bid 1: PHAST

Bid 2: BAZIAN

Bid 3: SPH

 

The value of the tender for the contract was: £24 650 + VAT.

 

 

4.  Did the NHS carry out any due diligence, conflict of interest
enquiries or other means of determining whether Bazian and/or its
individual employees was related to any entities that might have a
financial interest in NHS privatisation, or in selling medications or
services to the NHS?

 

NHS England officers are required to declare any potential conflicts of
interest when commissioning services from a third party provider.  This
requirement is set out in the Non-Clinical Procurement Policy and the
Governance Manual.

 

 

5.  Please advise the current official NHS position on any link between
the use of anti-depressants and:  diabetes, heart disease, self-harm,
violent crime, suicide, homicide.

 

NHS England does not hold information in relation to this part of your
request.

 

As detailed above, any recorded information NHS England may be able to
provide in response to an FOI request will generally relate to the
services NHS England commissions.

 

Information relating to your request may be held by the Medicines and
Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as part of their Yellow Card
Scheme. You can submit an FOI request to the MHRA by emailing:

 

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Copyright: NHS England operates under the terms of the open government
licence. Please see the NHS England Terms and conditions on the following
link:

 

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We hope this information is helpful. However, if you are dissatisfied, you
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NHS England

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Please quote the reference number FOI-054108 in any future communications.

 

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Please do not reply to this email. This message has been sent from a
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Information (FOI) requests, enquiries or complaints we ask these are sent
directly to NHS England’s customer contact centre. This is to ensure all
communications are progressed correctly. Their postal address, telephone
number and email details are as follows: PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT;
0300 3 11 22 33, [13][NHS England request email].

   

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [14][NHS England request email]

 

 

 

 

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