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Contract award notice
Results of the procurement procedure
Section I: Contracting authority
Section II: Object
Supply of Personal Protective Equipment for Healthcare Workers for the Care of Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19)
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (the ‘Authority’) has awarded a contract to Unispace Global Ltd for the supply of personal protective equipment to safeguard the health and lives of the care professionals treating patients with Covid-19.
Section IV: Procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below:
• extreme urgency brought about by events unforeseeable for the contracting authority and in accordance with the strict conditions stated in the directive.
1) The Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is a serious infectious respiratory disease and its consequences pose a risk to life. The Covid-19 outbreak is a Public Health Emergency of International Concerns as declared by the World Health Organisation on 30 January 2020. The WHO Director General characterised Covid-19 as a pandemic on 11 March 2020, by this stage Europe was the centre of the pandemic.
2) The use of personal protective equipment (PPE) is critical in safeguarding the health and lives of the care professionals treating patients with Covid-19. Delays in procuring the PPE poses a risk to life of those on the front line and the likelihood of significantly increased death toll.
3) In March the NHS experienced severe shortages of PPE, modelling based the trajectory of other European countries forecast the need for significant and extremely rapid increase in the UK PPE capacity. Similar shortfalls in PPE stocks were identified globally. There was immense demand for PPE, requiring the UK government to actively seek and create new supply chains rapidly to meet that demand. In these circumstances, a procurement following the usual timescales under the PCR 2015, including accelerated options, was impossible. PPE manufacturers and supply chains were under immediate and unprecedented global pressure to provide products. A delay in engaging with the market by running a usual procurement process ran the risk of failing to acquire the necessary stock of PPE equipment and presenting a significant risk to life.
4) Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)is satisfied the tests permitting use of the negotiated procedure without prior publication (Regulation 32(2)(c)) were met:
A. As far as is strictly necessary:
PPE was identified as strictly necessary to meet anticipated demand on the NHS during the first wave of cases in the UK.
B. There are genuine reasons for extreme urgency:
MFT are responding to Covid-19 immediately because of public health risks presenting a genuine emergency.
Section V: Award of contract
Section VI: Complementary information