17 September 2008 | Paul Snell
The NHS is to launch its own version of the government's supplier portal, supply2gov.
The online service, called supply2health, will officially launch on 1 October and aims to make it easier for suppliers to find tender and contract opportunities. Vendors can also receive e-mail alerts when new tenders are posted.
Buyers and commissioners from NHS Primary Care Trusts (PCT) will be required to advertise for health and social care services on the site, which will comply with EU procurement rules.
Ben Bradshaw, health minister, said in a statement: "Talking to providers of all types, what was keeping people awake at night was the thought they may have missed an opportunity. With no one place to advertise, contract or tendering ads can appear in all number of places and can be easily missed."
Each PCT will be required to have two staff responsible for Supply2Health, one of which has to be at board level. The website will be available at www.supply2health.nhs.uk from 1 October.