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Could bulk-buying save NHS pounds?


Hugh Pym

BBC News

25 July 2014

PA Consulting Group’s Alastair McKie, a government procurement specialist, is quoted in an article on BBC online which examines the NHS supply chain. The article focuses on a government initiative to publicise the huge variation in prices paid for supplies in different parts of the NHS. Although the NHS supply chain sounds a dry and specialist subject, it matters because so much because millions of pounds of taxpayers' money is at stake, argues the BBC’s health editor.

Alastair points out that, although the merits of smarter procurement are clear, applying it in Whitehall is not straightforward: "It takes a lot of motivated individuals who can share their experiences across different departments to make things happen."

He says that individual organisations, for example NHS trusts, often believe their way of doing things is best and need a lot convincing to join forces with others.


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