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  • DHSC standing up a new directorate to improve the supply of medical technology in England and promote UK products abroad
  • Comes after covid exposed weaknesses in supply lines at home and abroad
  • Existing DHSC teams will be subsumed into the new directorate and expanded to meet the new remit

The Department of Health and Social Care is standing up a new medical technologies directorate, after covid exposed vulnerabilities in government and distribution, as well as global supply chains.

An internal message from a senior DHSC official leaked to HSJ said there were ”many questions we need to ask about how we regulate, commission and use” medtech off the back of the pandemic, and therefore it is setting up a new directorate.

Medtech supplies have been at the heart of some of the government’s biggest challenges of the past 13 months, such as the availability of ventilators last spring, and, throughout, of various supplies needed for covid testing.

Medical technologies cover a panoply of products and services. They can range from simple consumables, such as syringes and dressings, to complex equipment like MRI scanners. They also cover the gamut of diagnostics, from home tests to sophisticated lab-based systems, as well as digital health.

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Source: HSJ

Author: Jack Serle

Date: 27 April 2021