28 April 2008 | Paul Snell
East Midlands-based NHS procurement hub re:source has saved £1.2 million with a framework agreement to buy mental health services.
But according to the hub, the saving - which is based on prices paid for services previously - is one of a range of benefits, including collaborative working and improving care.
Chris Spark, assistant procurement director at the hub, told supplymanagement.com: "Purchased healthcare is often put in the 'too difficult to do' box. We had to prove ourselves."
He added therefore the value to commissioners came through improving standards of patient care rather than the cash savings.
The agreement will now allow the 21 NHS organisations covered by the hub to buy into the deal that features 13 approved suppliers.
The agreement also includes a website that allows commissioners to view details on how many beds each supplier has available and includes all the pre-qualification details about providers.