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What CCGs need to learn from the Olympic security fiasco

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Exactly so - providers are becoming more and more willing to challenge. Last year we dealt with 6 legal challeneges to tender decisions, so far this year the figure is 34. My concern has always been that, if they are not very careful, CCGs will finish up spending money for frontline services on defending against legal challenges, or in punitive damages, which as I showed in my article, are now a fact of life for both very small and very large contracts. Without CIPS qualified staff, CCGs may find that they very quickly hit serious legal difficulties which are always expensive. Remember that once a challenge is instigated, the contract cannot be awarded!! The second comment makes my point entirely. All of the examples given in the response were poorly specified. If the provider cannot give evidence that they have the capacility to meet the requirements set out in the spec, in budget and on time, then the contract should not be awarded. It is for the purchaser to specify and set out clearly and accurately what insight and other factors are required and for the provider to demonstate that they can and will deliver tha requirement.

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24 Oct 2012

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2:06pm

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