12 December 2002
Healthcare purchasers in Wales have branded criticisms of their procurement savings targets as inaccurate and out of date.
The Audit Commission in Wales says in a report that there was a mismatch between local and national objectives.
It says the 15 trusts’ average 0.5 per cent savings target should be brought in line with the National Assembly for Wales’ recommendation of 3 per cent.
NHS Wales spends £841 million a year on purchasing and supply, a quarter of the trusts’ total revenue spend.
The report also says 205 suppliers account for 80 per cent of a typical trust’s spend, compared with 150 in England.
But Mark Roscrow, director of Welsh Health Supplies, which advises on procurement, said NHS Wales now had a savings target of 3 per cent or more.
He said it was “disappointing” that the report ignored the standard electronic supplier database, which is now at 12 trusts.