Two years ago the National Audit Office estimated that more than 10% might be saved through better procurement in the NHS.
A price comparison website is to be created to help the NHS in England save millions of pounds in how it purchases good and services. The post of Procurement Champion has been created, to help prioritise improvements to purchasing systems and practices.
The government has published details of the NHS Procurement Development Programme, which aims to save £1.5bn by 2016. The programme has four goals:
- Immediate efficiencies and productivity gains.
- Better data, information and transparency.
- Better outcomes at lower cost, via clinical procurement review partnerships.
- Better leadership and capability of procurement in the NHS.
Read more: BBC News: NHS gets own price comparison website.
Triggle, N. (2013). NHS gets own price comparison website. London: BBC Health News, August 6th 2013.
This relates to:
Better procurement, better value, better care: a procurement development programme for the NHS. London: Department of Health, August 5th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].
NHS Procurement Atlas of Variations / Potential Economies of Scale
An online tool is now available to help hospitals compare prices and identify where they could drive down costs. There are differences in the amounts hospitals pay for everyday items. Potentially £25m of taxpayer money is wasted per year on procurement. The Department of Health is considering central procurement of 50 items on a trial basis.
Pym, H. (2014). NHS ‘wasting millions on supplies’. London: BBC Health News, July 22nd 2014.
This relates to:
NHS Procurement Atlas of Variation. London [Online]: Department of Health, July 2014.