15 April 2004 | Andrew Golder
The appointment of three senior staff to the management executive of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (Pasa) as directors has completed a major re-organisation of the NHS's main purchasing agency, based on nine geographical regions in England.
Alyson Gerner, formerly a purchasing executive for professional services including agency nurses, will have overall responsibility for the northern region.
Gerner is also responsible for Pasa's outsourcing, primary care trust purchasing, leasing and public-private partnerships, as well as overseeing the creation of the more autonomous supply management confederations.
John Warrington will lead the West Midlands regions. He was previously Pasa's head of research and innovation.
Chris Theaker has also been appointed a director. He will be in charge of medical consumables, medical textiles and estates.
Theaker, who heads the Yorkshire and Humberside region, was previously a medical purchasing executive.
Duncan Eaton, chief executive of Pasa, said it was vital to have the right people in place to meet the changing purchasing priorities of the Department of Health and the NHS.
Eaton said: "Their first task will be to review their purchasing briefs and identify where there are opportunities for better value for money and establish good working relationships with the NHS within their regional responsibilities."
The new directors are also expected to liaise with other government organisations, he added, and will each have responsibility for a particular purchasing area.