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Better procurement 'vital for social care sector'

31 January 2012

Improved procurement practices need to play a key role in efforts to improve efficiency in the social care sector, according to the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government (SOPO).

Peter Howarth, a spokesperson for SOPO, told Supply Management that adult social care spending is falling as a result of the economic downturn, which could lead to reduced care quality standards unless waste is eliminated elsewhere.

He stated that this could be achieved if public sector procurement officers became more willing to work alongside third-sector organisations such as Age UK to identify where costs could be minimised or eliminated.

Mr Howarth suggested that both the contract management and supply sides of current arrangements are affected by problems of wastage, an issue that could be addressed by increasing the level of public sector purchasing skills.

"We must be more efficient in spending what is left, which could result in better outcomes," he said.

Earlier this month, a report from business technology firm e-LYNXX suggested that improved procurement processes will be essential for organisations wishing to meet cost reduction targets in 2012.

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