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Procurement report on trusts

NHS hospitals often pay more than they need to when buying basic supplies, the National Audit Office has reported

A combination of inadequate information and fragmented purchasing means that NHS hospitals’ procurement of consumables is poor value for money. The NAO estimates that at least £500 million a year could be saved by the NHS on its spending on consumables, and potentially much more for some products.

The report points out that with no central control over Foundation Trusts, the Department cannot mandate more efficient procurement practices. Responsibility to demonstrate value for money in procurement falls upon the management of individual trusts. The price that trusts pay for the same items varies widely. The average variation between the highest and lowest unit price paid was 10 per cent.