Hospitals blocked from ordering more than 150 critical care products directly

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  • 151 intensive care unit consumables suspended from national catalogue
  • NHS Supply Chain says move will prevent shortages
  • Some previously suspended products reinstated

Hospitals have been blocked from ordering dozens of critical care products through normal channels because of an “exceptional increase in national demand.”

NHS Supply Chain has been suspending intensive care unit consumables from its online catalogue since early May to prevent shortages, according to its website.

Fifteen new items, including eight tracheostomy kits, five tracheostomy tubes and one vascular catheter, were suspended from the catalogue on Friday morning, bringing the total to 151 products.

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Source: HSJ