Opinion – Innovation in procurement: why and how | Governance for Development – The World Bank – John Gelmini

Dr Alf has made a trenchant analysis of the situation regarding EU and UK public sector procurement practices, neither of which are fit for purpose.

In 2010 Sir Philip Green, at the request of David Cameron, looked at UK public sector procurement in the NHS, Central Government and local authorities. Sir Philip discovered eight-fold differences in pricing of identical items within the same departments and concluded that there was monumental wastage.

The EU is probably just as bad, although Italy, with the involvement of organized crime, may well set the bar the highest, in terms of waste and possible malfeasance.

Personally, I would settle for less corruption and malfeasance and fit for purpose procurement, as a first step.

Best in breed practices can of course follow, once these baby steps have been undertaken.

John Gelmini

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