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Better procurement 'essential for NHS'

31 August 2011

Improvements to procurement infrastructure within the NHS are vital to ensure the health service can cope with challenging financial restrictions.

This is the view of Colin Cram, managing director of business consultancy firm Marc1, who told that hospitals need to become more efficient due to shrinking budgets and growing healthcare demands.

According to the expert, procurement and purchasing is a key part of this, via measures such as seeking suppliers offering innovative solutions, embracing collaboration and taking advantage of government initiatives.

By reducing the NHS' £20 billion annual procurement spend, frontline care jobs can be protected and the viability of healthcare bodies can be maintained.

"Those that fail to extract the best value from their procurement may eventually find their survival at risk," Mr Cram warned.

Earlier this week, the expert told Guardian Professional that better management of public sector procurement is essential to avoid common mistakes - such as unrealistic expectations or a lack of due diligence in planning - from recurring.

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