COMMERCIAL: One of the bidders in the running for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group’s £800m integrated older people’s services contract has dropped out at the final stage.

Accord Health is no longer in the running for the contract, the CCG has confirmed. Accord Health is a consortium including construction and support services giant Interserve, North Essex Partnership Foundation Trust and Provide, which was formerly Central Essex Community Services.

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Three bidders remain for the integrated older people’s services contract in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

John Niland, chief executive of Provide, confirmed that the consortium decided to withdraw from the bidding process.

He told HSJ: “While we will not be part of this current procurement, we are supportive of this new approach for health commissioning and are committed to further involvement in this sector.”

The three remaining bidders are:

  • Care for Life (Care UK with Lincolnshire Community Health Services Trust, and Norfolk Community Health and Care Trust);
  • Uniting Care Partnership (Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust with Cambridge University Hospitals Foundation Trust); and
  • Virgin Care.

The preferred bidder is expected to be announced in September. The contract is due to begin in January 2015.

It was originally set to begin in July but was delayed by six months. The CCG said this would “ensure there is enough time for development of full bidder submissions”.