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NHS choices to be outsourced (again) 

From HSJ:  http://www.hsj.co.uk/news/minister-pledged-nhs-choices-will-be-re-tendered-before-march-2014/5060214.article

“Lord Howe has given “assurances” to private firms that a procurement exercise to outsource the NHS Choices website will take place before March 2014, HSJ has learned.

It has emerged that the health minister has written to the NHS Partners Network to allay fears among private providers that the website would be permanently run by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.

The running of the website is being “insourced” to the Information Centre, a statutory body, after an attempt by the Department of Health to renew its contract with Capita to run the service was vetoed by the Cabinet Office. This was revealed by HSJ in February.

However, Lord Howe’s letter, sent in April but just released to HSJ, said the website would not remain under public management following its interim period with the NHS Information Centre.”

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