The Board received a report from the Director of Public Health, advising them of the Chief Executive’s use of emergency powers, in compliance with Procurement Standing Order 1.14.2, to make a direct award for the Substance Misuse Service contract, to cover the period 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
It was noted that due to the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, a waiver was granted in December 2020 to allow continued provision of the service by the incumbent provision for the period up to 30 September 2021, in anticipation that the procurement exercise would be completed by this time. The Board was advised that unfortunately, although the exercise was now underway, it would not be completed within this timeframe. The Chief Executive’s use of emergency powers had allowed the continued delivery of the specialist service whilst the procurement process is completed.
RESOLVED: That the Board notes the report.