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NHS procurement exercises 'must balance savings with safety'

10 May 2012

The government has been called upon to ensure that a forthcoming procurement exercise for the supply of temporary and fixed term healthcare staff balances cost control and safety issues is carried out in an appropriate manner.

A statement from the Recruitment & Employment Confederation (REC) has welcomed the intent of the government to consider flexible staffing options as part of its procurement strategy.

Consultations between the Government Procurement Service and REC Healthcare are taking place to develop framework arrangements for the exercises.

Chris Wilford, policy and PR advisor for REC, said: "Any new agreements must balance cost control with safeguarding standards of safety and quality, as well as developing opportunities for small and medium-sized enterprises, in line with government commitments in this area."

Last month, Dr Adam Marshall, director of policy and external affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce, underlined the importance of the government keeping to its pledges to improve public sector procurement processes.

He said this should be achieved via more transparent communication between the public and private sectors on contracts and timescales.

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Categories: Healthcare, Public Sector

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