Government launches £5bn PPE procurement drive to prepare for winter covid surge

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A new £5bn procurement framework is being developed for personal protective equipment, aimed at meeting current demand and any potential winter surge in covid-19 cases.

The procurement will be handled by NHS Supply Chain. The agency had some of its responsibilities for PPE procurement taken over amid a “completely chaotic” response to the coronavirus pandemic, but has now had its remit restored.

The four-year framework will be jointly issued by NHSSC and the Department of Health and Social Care’s PPE unit, and will be confirmed by October 2021.

It will be for single-use PPE and other medical consumables, including masks, gowns, drapes, and eye protection, according to a prior information notice published last week.

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Source: HSJ

Author: Jack Serle

Date: 18 May 2021