HC Deb 25 March 2004 vol 419 c1061W
Mr. Wilshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to his answer of 2 March 2004,Official Report, column 861W, on Mercury Healthcare, if he will make a statement on the reasons why the Government decided to switch preferred bidder status from Mercury Healthcare to Capio UK in relation to the provision of a diagnostic treatment centre at Ashford Hospital, Middlesex. [162011]

Mr. Hutton

It was decided to switch preferred bidder status after careful consideration of the detailed contract requirements for the spine chain. This is a complex contract that incorporates different clinical specialties, casemix and locations and it is important that the provider matches the needs of the national health service in each area.

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