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Wide variation in price paid for basic supplies means NHS wastes millions

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3104 (Published 05 June 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h3104
  1. Caroline White
  1. 1Liverpool

The price the NHS in England pays for basic supplies such as syringes and toilet rolls varies widely among hospital trusts and adds up to significant sums that could instead be used for frontline care.

Reiterating the need for the NHS to make £22bn (€30bn; $34bn) of savings by 2020, which he acknowledged would be no easy task, the health secretary, Jeremy Hunt, outlined to the NHS Confederation’s annual conference in Liverpool this week how the government would try to help the NHS steer a course through the challenges of the next …

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