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11 July 2012 | Adam Leach
Police, NHS and local authority buyers are aiming to make savings by buying brokerage and insurance underwriting through a framework.
The national scheme will leverage the buying power of a range of public bodies that are currently negotiating their own deals with suppliers for insurance services in order to reduce rates. The Government Procurement Service (GPS) and Pro5 aim to have the agreement, which is in line with EU procurement rules, up and running by the end of this year.
David Pyle, category lead on insurance at GPS, said: “We have established the group with Pro5 to thoroughly research stakeholder requirements and develop a joint offering, which is desperately needed to fill a gap in the sector. Engaging with stakeholders early in the development process means that we will deliver a high quality solution that will be fit for purpose, while delivering best value for the taxpayer.”
The framework will aim to ensure that small and large suppliers will have an equal chance at winning business by providing standardised information. It will also enable buyers access to better data and claims information. During the development, GPS and YPO have consulted with a number of stakeholders to ensure it fits the needs of the end user.
Linda Longton, head of procurement at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, who was one of the parties involved in the meetings, said: “The national framework is very comprehensive, covering many fundamental aspects and services that meet the requirement of the NHS trust community.”