Wirral hospital switches £3m spend to NHS Supply Chain

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Wirral University Teaching Hospital is switching some £3 million of its spending to NHS Supply Chain rather than buying direct from suppliers.

Senior procurement manager Janice Weedall said: “This process has involved high volumes of work for all parties involved …which included regular meetings and calls to ensure as smooth a transition as possible, but we are hopefully going to see the benefit of this in the coming weeks.”

The new NHS Supply Chain model has been created in response to Lord Carter’s review of productivity in the NHS, which identified unwarranted variation in procurement across the service.

The aim is to use the buying power of the NHS to negotiate the best deals from suppliers, with the aim to deliver savings of £2.4 billion back into NHS frontline services and patient care by financial year 2022/23.

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