Decision details

Procurement of Mortuary Services AH06 (20/21)

Decision Maker: Cabinet Member for Adults and Health

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: Yes

Is subject to call in?: Yes



The Council currently has contracts with two NHS Trusts who run our Mortuary and Post-Mortem Services:


       WSHT - Western Sussex Hospital Trust (covers approx. 75% of requirement)

       SASH - Surrey and Sussex Health Trust (covers approx. 25% of requirement)


Both contracts will expire on 22 January 2021 and there is no provision for further extensions.


The Council ran a procurement in 2018/19 with a vision of having a dedicated Mortuary – 100% of bodies going into one location and moving away from traditional post-mortems towards digital non-invasive methods. However, the Council only received one bid which was subsequently deemed unaffordable. The bid was later withdrawn and the procurement process abandoned.


The Cabinet Member for Adults and Health will be asked to agree the commencement of a procurement that will secure ongoing contracts for the Mortuary and Post-Mortem services from January 2021 and to delegate authority to the Director of Communities to award the contracts following the procurement exercise.



That the Cabinet Member for Adults and Health has approved;


1)   the commencement of the procurement process for Mortuary and Post-Mortem services; and

2)   the delegation of authority to the Acting Director of Communities to award contracts following the procurement process for a period of 3 years, with the option to extend by 2 further years, up to a maximum of 5 years.


Interests and Nature of Interests Declared:


Publication date: 06/07/2020

Date of decision: 06/07/2020

Effective from: 16/07/2020

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