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How does the NHS ensure that it obtains best value when procuring its construction needs? No doubt this will be a question that will increasingly concern the NHS should they be called upon to bear a share of the widely anticipated cuts in public spending.
Over the last 18 months, the NHS has sought to achieve best value through the application of Frameworks Scotland. HFS Frameworks Scotland operates on a design and build basis along with a target cost payment mechanism. Will HFS Frameworks Scotland always be the most appropriate way to procure the construction needs of the
NHS? Can local frameworks be used to procure projects for which Frameworks Scotland is not suitable? Burness, with the assistance of procurement specialists within the NHS and the private sector, will be offering answers to these questions.
Frameworks are no longer the only option for the NHS and a new era of the hub is now dawning. How will hub operate and how will it interact with national and local frameworks? Burness, as legal advisors to the hub South East Territory, is ideally placed to offer views of these important issues.