NHS Scotland settles with BT over SWAN procurement

BT and NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) have released a statement saying that they have agreed to end a recent legal battle over the procurement of the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) framework.

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BT and NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) have released a statement saying that they have agreed to end a recent legal battle over the procurement of the Scottish Wide Area Network (SWAN) framework.

The telco had been in the process of suing NHS Scotland after it lost in its bid for the £110 million framework and then failed to stop the contract being awarded to the preferred bidder - understood to be a partnership of Capita and Updata.

However, in a joint statement today, BT and NHS Scotland said: “The parties have agreed a pragmatic way forward which both consider will bring additional benefits for SWAN users and also use the combined strengths of both the SWAN and BT networks.

“Both parties are pleased to have reached a successful conclusion and look forward to working together to deliver communications networks and services which meet the needs of Scotland’s public sector.”

BT had been taking NHS Scotland to court over what it claims was a “flawed” tender process for a six-year contract that would have enabled councils and NHS bodies in Scotland to share information more easily.

However, in February, the court found in favour of NHS Scotland, which went to court on 24 January to stop BT’s legal action so that it could award the contract to the preferred bidder.

With its legal action, BT was looking for a rerun of the tender process, or for £20 million in damages. It argued that the tender process did not ensure that the contract was awarded on the basis of the most economically advantageous bid, in accordance with regulations.

NSS maintained that the process was “fair, robust and thorough”.

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