Many ‘amazing’ social enterprises too small to succeed in major procurements, says NHS director of systems management

Further to this and an earlier post, Bob Ricketts, director of system management and new enterprise at DH, has stepped in to try and clear up the “misunderstanding” caused by Andy Burnham’s “NHS is the preferred provider” remarks. The story is here.

Ricketts says that social enterprises are one option in “open competition”. But interestingly he also goes on to say that “partnership”s — whether social enterprise and NHS, or NHS and commercial providers — are likely to “manage risk” better. He also says that many of the “amazing” social enterprises he has seen are too small and would need help to scale-up if they were to have a “real chance in succeeding major procurements”. And “I don’t have a solution to that,” he concludes.

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