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4.—(1) The Board must maintain and publish details of a website dedicated to—
(a)advertising by relevant bodies of opportunities for providers to provide health care services for the purposes of the NHS, and
(b)publication of records which must be published under regulation 9(1).
(2) Where advertising an intention to seek offers from providers in relation to a new contract for the provision of health care services for the purposes of the NHS, a relevant body must publish a contract notice on the website maintained by the Board under paragraph (1).
(3) A contract notice must include—
(a)a description of the services required to be provided, and
(b)the criteria against which any bids for the contract will be evaluated.
(4) A relevant body must secure that arrangements exist for enabling providers to express an interest in providing any health care service for the purposes of the NHS.
(5) In this regulation and regulation 5, “contract notice” means a notice inviting offers to provide the services to which the contract to be awarded is to apply.
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