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United Kingdom-Milton Keynes: Magnetic resonance imaging equipment
Contract award notice
Results of the procurement procedure
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Provision of 2 x Modular Units Only for MRI Scanners
Provision of 2 x modular units only for MRI scanners. (The scanners have already been purchased separately from Siemens Healthcare Ltd pursuant to a NHS Supply Chain Framework).
Section IV: Procedure
In 2020 Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (The Trust) purchased two MRI scanners from Siemens Healthcare Ltd (Siemens) following a mini-competition procedure pursuant to a NHS Supply Chain framework agreement. During the mini–competition procedure, the Trust incorporated its requirement for modular units and pre-installation works, although the award of that contract was solely on the basis of the provision of the MRI scanners.
This contract has been directly awarded to Siemens to cover the modular requirements.
Given the technical requirements of the modular units that are specific to the Siemens MRI scanners, the contract can only be awarded to Siemens for the following reasons:
1) There are specific clinical and engineering standards that the modular buildings must adhere to in order to safely accommodate the MRI scanners. The Trust requires the modular units to screen out the magnetic force generated by the MRI scanners as well as protect the MRI scanners from external impacts;
2) Given the significant weight and electromagnetic force of the MRI scanners, it is crucial from a safety and clinical perspective that the modular units comply with these standards. Failure to do so impacts on the image quality generated by the MRI scanners and runs the risk of the MRI scanners being deemed unsafe for use;
3) Only Siemens (through its approved suppliers) has the ability to comply with these standards in a way that is compatible with their own MRI scanners.
Section V: Award of contract
Section VI: Complementary information