NHS could save £500m a year on smarter purchasing of supplies

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 03 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d732
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Savings of around £500m (€586m; $810m) a year are possible if NHS organisations improve their buying practices for basic supplies and equipment, it has been claimed.

Clinicians’ input in procurement is one way that acute trusts could tackle this costly problem, says a report from public spending watchdog the National Audit Office published this week.

But the report warns that the government’s plans to decentralise control of NHS organisations will make matters worse by giving ministers less influence on purchasing policies and reducing the lack of coordination between trusts on buying such items.

The report The procurement of consumables by NHS acute and Foundation trusts focuses on England’s NHS …

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