The NHS aims to achieve savings of up to £20bn over the next four years. How can such a great deal of money be saved without damage to patient care? There is no question that substantial procurement savings will be sought in the efficiency plans of NHS trusts and foundation trusts. Excluding GP practices, the NHS procures some £20bn of goods and services each year. Whilst procurement of medicines is centrally managed, the remainder is procured through various organisations and structures.
Making the right changes would realise billions in savings, all of which could be reinvested in frontline care. But what are the right changes? Is the QIPP procurement programme doing its job, or is a more radical approach required? At Public Service Events’ third annual Procurement in the NHS conference, a programme of key speakers will propose answers to these pressing questions.