NHS agency put under Cabinet Office-backed review in wake of PPE crisis

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  • Cabinet Office-backed review of Supply Chain Coordination Limited assessing how procurement company can improve
  • SCCL came under scrutiny amid widespread PPE shortages in March and April
  • The review is expected to conclude in the coming months

Government has placed the national agency which was at the centre of the coronavirus PPE crisis under review, HSJ can reveal.

Supply Chain Coordination Limited, a company wholly owned by the Department of Health and Social Care, manages NHS Supply Chain, which in turn is responsible for buying common consumables such as PPE, and medical devices, for the NHS.

SCCL and NHS Supply Chain came under great scrutiny in March when trusts experienced widespread shortages of personal protective equipment. The problems with PPE have been seen as one of the major failures of the UK’s covid-19 response.

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Source: HSJ


Date: 12 August 2020