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​Orthodontic legal challenge: Registration deadline extended

Further procurement suspended

25 April 2017

Following the BDA's legal challenge NHS England has extended this Friday's (28 April) registration deadline for tenders to provide over £1/2 billion of orthodontic services in the South of England. 

The BDA contends the tendering process is in breach of Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition (PCCC) regulations by failing to treat providers equally, and through introducing a procurement system – the Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) – that is weighted heavily in favour of larger dental companies.

Pending the outcome the North of England region has suspended their orthodontic procurement, also based on the DPS. 

NHS England have said they will inform the BDA of a new registration deadline at seven days' notice. 

BDA Chair of General Dental Practice, Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, said: 

"We set out to challenge a tendering process designed to shut out dedicated providers and the public. Already by holding NHS England to account an unreasonable deadline has now been lifted, and the risk this flawed tendering process is extended to other parts of the country has been contained, for now. 

"An unfair process was hobbling smaller providers before they were out of the starting gate, leaving them without the time or the wherewithal to put in a meaningful bid. This is a temporary reprieve, and we remain committed to securing a fair deal for all our members." 

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