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.