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NHS: Procurement

Health written question – answered on 17th October 2011.

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Photo of Grahame Morris Grahame Morris Labour, Easington

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of jobs in UK-based small and medium-sized enterprises that are dependent on NHS procurement or the NHS supply chain.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

This information is not held centrally.

The Department is committed to encouraging the national health service to comply with the transparency requirements that apply to all Government bodies as set out in Cabinet Office guidance. This includes measures such as promoting the use of standardised forms such as pre-purchase questionnaires held on a centralised database, so suppliers can submit information once only; and encouraging NHS Supply Chain, Buying Solutions and other NHS procurement partners to simplify access for small and medium sized enterprises to their contracting activities.

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