The NHS in the north-west has signed a five-year printing and document management service contract with Xerox to cut costs and reduce its carbon footprint.
The North West Collaborative Procurement Hub (NWCPH), serving hospital Trusts in the area, is expecting to save around £5.5m with the deal through the reduction of waste and unnecessary print expenses, and an increase in productivity levels.
The service includes the management and provision of direct and indirect print requirements. Direct print services cover core office functions such as printing, copying, faxing, scanning, storage and retrieval of administrative documents and research papers.
Indirect print activities consist of sourcing litho printing and providing digital print services from third-parties. Xerox will work in partnership with the Trusts' litho print suppliers whilst directly managing their digital print-on-demand black and white and colour production.
Management and administration will be co-ordinated from a managed services centre staffed by Xerox consultants and industry experts.
Peter Akid, chief executive of NWCPH, said, "Taking a holistic view of this activity will meet users' operational requirements, fulfil their commitment to sustainable development and help reduce costs."
The first phase of service implementation will be completed in the final quarter of 2007. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.
Xerox recently came second to bottom in a report on "ethical printing".