01 February 2007
The Department of Health (DH) has confirmed the formation of a "super-agency" that will incorporate its Commercial Directorate and the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (Pasa).
Details of the merger, revealed exclusively in SM last year (News, 30 November 2006), were announced to delegates at the Best Value in Public Sector Procurement conference in London last week, during a speech on collaborative procurement in the NHS.
Helen MacCarthy, director of facilities management and utilities at NHS Pasa, told delegates that from April this year, the two departments would form the NHS Commercial Agency. It will ensure the strategic management of its £2.16 billion of spend.
But a spokesman for the DH refused to give further details of the merger. He told SM: "It hasn't happened yet. We continue to develop proposals for a commercial agency that would bring together the DH's Commercial Directorate and NHS Pasa into one executive agency."
The DH also refused to comment on how the merger would affect the search for a successor to Ken Anderson, its former commercial director. Anderson left to join investment bank UBS last year.