- New £5bn procurement framework for single-use protective equipment
- Comes as the NHS agency prepares to take back responsibility for the procurement of PPE
- Management company Supply Chain Coordination Ltd is recruiting a new CEO
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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