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Pathology procurement and compliance of Synlab

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Dear King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

a) Please confirm that the authority is leading a procurement on behalf of a number of NHS organisations to procure a contractor and or joint venture partner to operate pathology laboratories and related services for the authority and the other NHS organisations, and that this contract is intended to commence when the authority's current contract with Viapath ends.
b) Please confirm that following the first stage of the procurement process that a number of bidders have been selected for the next stage. Please confirm that the European lab group Synlab and or a subsidiary of Synlab has qualified for this stage. Please state the name of the bidding entity which is part of the Synlab Group.
c) Please confirm whether during the qualification stage of the process the bidders were asked any questions to the effect 'have you ever been asked to withdraw from a procurement process for a public sector contract within the EU as a result of providing materially misleading information?'
d) Please provide the exact wording of the question referred to in c) above which the bidders were asked to respond to. If no such question was asked, please explain why not?
e) Please confirm whether the authority were aware that Synlab were excluded from a pathology procurement undertaken by University College London Hospitals, as a direct result of a breach of the Public Contracts Regulations 2006, as a result of providing materially misleading information. Please see the link https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

Yours faithfully,

Victor Jacobsen

FOI (King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Jacobsen,  

  

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Information Act 2000 (the Act), dated 5^th February 2019.

 

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Kind Regards

 

Freedom of Information Officer

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Denmark Hill, SE5 9RS

020 3299 9000

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FOI (King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Jacobsen,

 

Further to your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the
Act) dated 5^th February 2019, I am writing to confirm the information
that the Trust does and does not hold. 

 

The Trust does not hold the information you have requested. The text of
your request is repeated below in bold, followed by the Trust’s response.

 

a) Please confirm that the authority is leading a procurement on behalf of
a number of NHS organisations to procure a contractor and or joint venture
partner to operate pathology laboratories and related services for the
authority and the other NHS organisations, and that this contract is
intended to commence when the authority's current contract with Viapath
ends.

 

b) Please confirm that following the first stage of the procurement
process that a number of bidders have been selected for the next stage.
Please confirm that the European lab group Synlab and or a subsidiary of
Synlab has qualified for this stage. Please state the name of the bidding
entity which is part of the Synlab Group.

 

c) Please confirm whether during the qualification stage of the process
the bidders were asked any questions to the effect 'have you ever been
asked to withdraw from a procurement process for a public sector contract
within the EU as a result of providing materially misleading information?'

 

d) Please provide the exact wording of the question referred to in c)
above which the bidders were asked to respond to. If no such question was
asked, please explain why not?

 

e) Please confirm whether the authority were aware that Synlab were
excluded from a pathology procurement undertaken by University College
London Hospitals, as a direct result of a breach of the Public Contracts
Regulations 2006, as a result of providing materially misleading
information. Please see the link
[1]https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/f...

 

Information not held. This tender is being led by Guy’s and St Thomas’s
NHS Foundation Trust (GSTT) on behalf of King’s College Hospital NHS
Foundation Trust. Your request should be redirected to the procurement
lead at GSTT. You can submit a Freedom of Information request to GSTT via
their website: [2]GSTT_Freedom of Information (FoI) Act

 

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released by the Trust on our website at: [3]www.kch.nhs.uk

 

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Kind regards,

 

Freedom of Information Officer

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Denmark Hill, SE5 9RS

020 3299 9000

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