E-purchasing to save NHS £500,000 a year

The Healthcare Purchasing Consortium plans to use e-procurement to save £500,000 a year through improved efficiency and reduced...

The Healthcare Purchasing Consortium plans to use e-procurement to save £500,000 a year through improved efficiency and reduced costs.

The consortium, which represents some of the UK's largest NHS trusts, will roll out a procurement system from ADB to link organisations to an online catalogue of supplies.

Mike Hyatt, head of supply chain and finance at the HPC, said, "This will give us a data source to enable effective negotiation with our suppliers because we will know what the trusts' uptake of specific products is. We will be able to connect multiple trusts and their various financial and information systems to a single online catalogue, enabling NHS clinical staff to spend less time on administration and focus on delivering quality healthcare services to our patients."

The contract management and catalogue system will initially be rolled out to six NHS trusts in Birmingham and London.

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