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22 February 2023 | Comment | Article by Emily Powell

Health Service Procurement (Wales) Bill introduced to the Senedd

On 13 February 2023, Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Health and Social Services laid the Health Service Procurement (Wales) Bill before the Senedd. This is the latest in a series of procurement legislation to enter the legislative process, following on from the Welsh Government’s Social Partnership and Public Procurement (Wales) Bill (SPPP Bill), and the UK-wide Procurement Bill, introduced in the House of Lords last year.

The Health Service Procurement (Wales) Bill’s explanatory memorandum sets out that the Bill will provide for the following:

  • A “disapplication power” that will enable the Welsh Ministers to disapply provisions of the Procurement Act 2023
  • A ‘’creation power’’ to enable Welsh Ministers to introduce, via regulations, a new separate procurement regime for these NHS health services in Wales

The Health Service Procurement (Wales) Bill is currently in Stage 1 of its legislative journey, and will be subject to scrutiny by committee and by the Senedd as a whole as it progresses. We will post regular updates on the Bill’s progress on this page, and will provide an in-depth review of the draft legislation in due course.

Our dedicated procurement reform page, and webinar series will help contracting authorities and those supplying them achieve a thorough understanding of the changes in the law and what they need to know in order to be ready for the changes and able to procure effectively and lawfully once the changes are enacted and implemented.

Author bio

Emily is a partner in the Corporate and Commercial team. Emily specialises in commercial law, public procurement and subsidy control. Emily has advised housing associations on their procurement processes and can provide a complete legal service for all procurement and project requirements. Emily also hosts a forum for ‘heads of’ procurement working within the social housing sector.

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