NHS: Procurement

Health written question – answered on 13th March 2007.

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Photo of Dai Havard Dai Havard Labour, Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what information her Department has received from NHS Supply Chain on the consideration that it gives to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for medical devices when procuring those items.

Photo of Andy Burnham Andy Burnham Minister of State (Department of Health) (Delivery and Quality)

NHS Supply Chain has informed the NHS Business Service Authority that they place considerable emphasis on National Institute For Health And Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines when evaluating the non-financial aspect of quality in a tender evaluation to ensure that the products they offer are in line with NICE guidance.

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