Trusts cancel joint SEP

Two hospital trusts have cancelled their joint strategic estates partnership (SEP) procurement, despite having reached preferred bidder stage.

The planned partnership for the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has been scrapped, with the authorities blaming “uncertainties facing the market”.

A statement from the Wirral trust said: “The trusts have decided not to proceed with the SEP implementation having regard, amongst other things, to certain uncertainties facing the market.”

The two trusts had appointed Ryhurst as preferred bidder on the deal earlier this year. Uncertainties around the Grenfell Tower public inquiry are understood to have contributed to the decision, although the trusts added that there were a number of factors involved. Ryhurst's parent company Rydon was involved in Grenfell Tower.

The trusts launched the project in October last year.