Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has been forced to pause its cardiology services procurement process after complaints were made by the two other bidders.

Three organisations bid for a contract that is estimated to be worth between £4.3m-£4.8m over three years. The Royal Free London Foundation Trust was announced as the preferred bidder in August.

However, HSJ has since learnt that complaints have been made by the unsuccessful bidders. The contract will not be awarded to the Royal Free Foundation Trust until these concerns have been resolved.

The contract covers community outpatient cardiology services. In the original statement to advertise the procurement process, Brent CCG said the successful bidder should put forward a plan “focused on outcomes” with the aim “to improve on current provision in terms of the patient experience, clinical effectiveness and cost effectiveness.”

The Royal Free London Foundation Trust said in a statement: “Contract negotiations are currently ongoing, so we are unable to discuss details at this stage.”