NHS should take inspiration from Bargain Hunt when buying supplies, minister says – Telegraph

English: Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Ca...

English: Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is a truly amazing headline from the Telegraph. It’s a MUST READ article in my view. Check it out!

via NHS should take inspiration from Bargain Hunt when buying supplies, minister says – Telegraph.

Comparing UK NHS procurement to the antiques program, Bargain Hunt, is a cheap political tactic to report some positive news about the NHS.

One reason that NHS managers do not know much about prices is because much of the NHS procurement has been outsourced, in line with Government policy.

Public Sector procurement is the responsibility of the Cabinet Office and for years they have been issuing ineffective and conflicting guidelines, which do not necessarily follow best practice in the Private Sector. Also EU regulations are responsible for excessive bureaucracy in Public Sector procurement.

Let’s be clear ineffective NHS procurement has been caused by meddling politicians and the bungling bureaucrats at the NHS and, of course, the Cabinet Office.

Any thoughts?

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