Gloves off for NHS Trust

27 September 2011

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27 September 2011 | Angeline Albert

Buyers at Barts and The LondonNHS Trust expect to save £320,000 this year by reducing its selection of medical gloves from 20 to just two.   

The trust’s procurement team had been spending £700,000 annually on gloves, but has almost halved its expenditure by reducing the number of suppliers to one, in addition to reducing choice.

Head of procurement Zoe Greenwell said: “We have moved to one supplier and we will be saving £320,000 this year just by standardising to a better value product.”

A spokesman for the NHS trust said the change had not been made as a result of a National Audit Office (NAO) report earlier this year, which criticised the fact that 652 different types of rubber gloves were purchased for staff by NHS trusts across England. “We have an ongoing programme where we contact our suppliers to try to find savings,” he said.

In its damning report published in February, the NAO said fragmented purchasing of basic supplies, including medical equipment and stationery, across the NHS represents “poor value for money”. The NAO estimated at least £500 million of the NHS’s £4.6 billion-a-year spend could be saved annually if trusts bought in a more collaborative way.

By 2015, the NHS must find £15 billion-£20 billion of annual efficiency savings.

Birmingham, West Midlands
HS2 Ltd
London (Greater)
£50,800 plus up to £10,000 Recruitment Retention Allowance
House of Lords
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