The NHS premium is always there and the NHS needs to be forever vigilant to ensure they are being offered a competitive price.
For many years many manufacturers have seen the NHS as a way to engineer a large profit, whereas the NHS should be treated equally with any other purchasers. While no one wishes for these manufacturers to make a loss, they themselves need to take into account that for any penny that they take over and above for a reasonable profit is reducing the money available for the NHS to use in treating its patients, no funding is infinite.
This relates to all suppliers be they be Pharmaceutical, medical equipment or any others.
- NHS contractors tried to charge a hospital more than £850 for a roller blind
- The beleaguered Health Service was exposed by a horrified senior consultant
- MPs last night warned that widespread profligacy was burning up cash
Greedy NHS contractors tried to charge a hospital more than £850 for a roller blind – only for a canny matron to buy one that did exactly the same job for less than £23 from Homebase.
The extraordinary attempt to overcharge the financially beleaguered Health Service was exposed by a horrified senior consultant. MPs last night warned widespread profligacy was burning up cash which should be spent on patient care and accused NHS managers of failing to crack down on ‘profiteering’ suppliers.
The telling example of overcharging comes amid a deepening NHS crisis that trust bosses are blaming on a cash shortfall forecast to rocket to £20 billion by 2020. Last week 20 hospitals…
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