MCA Statement on Government contracts for COVID-19 vaccine

Following recent media coverage on Government contracts for the private sector in helping deliver the COVID-19 vaccine, Tamzen Isacsson, Chief Executive of the Management Consultancies Association (MCA), said:

“Consultancy firms have been brought in to support critical government projects during the pandemic including on the central vaccination programme which has required people with expertise in planning, logistics and deployment and in delivering major government projects. The consulting sector has provided multi disciplinary capabilities and senior experience very quickly to support Government and will ensure programmes can be robustly managed to support delivery success but agile enough to manage any changes to vaccine supply volumes and delivery dates.

“All MCA Member Firms used by government in this period have been ‘procured through competitively tendered Crown Commercial Service frameworks which evaluate bidding firms against quality and cost criteria. As part of these contracts, consultancy firms are required to upskill civil servants and transfer knowledge to increase capability for the future.”