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London NHS authorities achieve savings through shared procurement

3 February 2012

A group of London-based NHS health authorities have been able to save £2.7 million in six months through the use of shared procurement arrangements.

Jeff Nielsen, head of procurement at the NHS North Central London Procurement Co-operative, told Supply Management that paperless processes, improved access to spending data and real-time best pricing data from suppliers are enabling significant cost efficiencies.

The five participating primary care trusts in Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington are now electronically capturing 89.7 per cent of their purchases, which mostly include non-clinical goods such as computers, office desks and stationery.

Mr Nielsen said this is allowing the authorities to eliminate rogue spending and achieve savings compared to the "regular" NHS prices quoted by suppliers, which are frequently not the best available.

He added: "Whether the requisitioners were heads of department or nursing assistants, we opened up the ordering process to all, using an easy-to-use platform."

This comes after Peter Howarth of the Society of Procurement Officers in Local Government told the publication last month that improved procurement practices could also help the social care sector achieve its savings goals.

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