15 August 2008 | Paul Snell
The NHS expects to make £6.5 million of savings in the first year of a new collaborative deal for IT.
The contract has been set up by six NHS Collaborative Procurement Hubs, which recognised they had common requirements for IT equipment, to purchase 52,000 desktop and 8,500 laptop PCs.
OGCbuying.solutions assisted the hubs with the procurement and NHS Connecting for Health provided technical advice. Buying group the London Procurement Programme also provided assistance.
The deal, which has been awarded to three suppliers - Dell, HP and DSGi, will help the 220 NHS trusts represented by the hubs to make savings of at least 20 per cent when buying computers compared with previous prices.
The six hubs involved in the deal were: Healthcare Purchasing Consortium, East of England NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub, Yorkshire & Humber Commercial Procurement Collaborative, PRO-CURE, North West Collaborative Procurement Hub and PRO-NE.