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  • NHS Supply Chain says it is building an automated savings reporting tool
  • Trusts frustrated by current savings reports
  • NHS Supply Chain plans to deliver the new system in quarter one of 2020/21

Trusts may not know how much they are saving through a national efficiency project until at least April 2020, HSJ has learned.

A spokeswoman said NHS Supply Chain plans to have an “automated, self-serve savings reporting tool” ready in quarter one of 2020/21 — a year after trusts had a portion of their tariff income withheld to fund the project.

NHS Supply Chain, which buys consumables and medical devices, previously said a “critical” systems issue had emerged over the summer. It told HSJ it had been producing savings reports manually, leading to delays.

The organisation previously aimed to have a new system in place in December 2019. The tool is being developed with technology company DXC.

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Source: HSJ