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 assessment she has made of the likely effect on patient access to new medical technologies of NHS supply chain's decision to designate preferred suppliers for product areas for fixed periods.

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

NHS supply chain does not operate a preferred suppliers list but will manage the procurement and delivery of in scope products through a formal contracting process in-line with the European Union directives. Procurements undertaken prior to the establishment of NHS supply chain were also governed by the EU directives and contracted in the same way.

Transparency is brought to this process by publication of a procurement calendar identifying all opportunities that are available and open to supplier bids. New opportunities will be added on a regular basis. This calendar is available on the NHS supply chain website at


NHS supply chain actively monitors the progress of new and innovative products and will work with small suppliers to ensure innovative products can be delivered at the best possible price.

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