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20 June 2014 | Will Green
Lord Carter of Coles has been appointed to the post of NHS procurement champion.
The Labour peer, who has conducted a number of reviews for the government, will “help hospitals to cut waste, save money and drive efficiencies”.
The role was announced in August last year in a report into the development of procurement in the NHS.
Health minister Dr Dan Poulter said: “I am delighted by Lord Carter’s appointment. He will bring a wealth of experience to the NHS Procurement and Efficiency programme, which will help hospitals to cut waste, save money and drive efficiencies which can then be spent on frontline patient care.”
Lord Carter was chairman of a review panel into the future of NHS pathology and he is a member of the government’s Efficiency and Reform Group.
The Department of Health is aiming to make procurement savings of between £1.5 billion and £2 billion by 2015/16.