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Centre for Law, Medicine and Life Sciences

Faculty of Law

Dr Okeoghene Odudu speaks at 'Taking stock of NHS governance after the 2013 reforms: public procurement, competition and conflict'. 

The event, hosted by the University of Bristol Law School on 23 June 2016, brings together CCGs, NHS trusts, legal practitioners and academics, so that they can collectively take stock of this aspect of the new NHS governance framework almost three years after its adoption. It aims to explore issues of interaction between public procurement and competition rules in relation to potential conflicts of interest in NHS commissioning. This exploration should allow for the emergence of some initial lessons-learned, as well as help shape research agendas in this area of public governance, which will undoubtedly gain relevance over the coming years.

Through interaction of experts and participants, in particular, the event aims to:

  1. Assess how the sectoral rules created by the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and. Competition) (No. 2) Regulations 2013 compare with general regimes applicable to conflicts of interest under public procurement and competition law.
  2. Explore the implications for Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS trusts of any potential discrepancies between the sectoral regime and general public procurement and competition rules, with a particular focus on the remedies that can be enforced against them, which in turn determine their operational risks and potential liabilities.
  3. Assess the need for any further reforms of the system once the Public Contracts Regulations 2015 become applicable to health care sector in April 2016.

See here for more information. 

Thursday, 23 June, 2016 - 09:00 to 17:00