Public sector urged to weather the spending review by accessing NHS buying power

Public sector organisations could realise major savings opportunities through access to procurement frameworks widely used in the NHS, says NHS Shared Business Services.

Public sector bodies across the UK are being offered the chance to take full advantage of procurement frameworks widely used in the NHS to save millions of pounds every year.

Chancellor George Osborne announced in November that several government departments had provisionally agreed to reduce their spending by 30% across transport, local government and the environment. Now, NHS Shared Business Services (NHS SBS), a joint venture between the Department of Health and Sopra Steria, which has already helped the NHS save more than £350 million in procurement, has urged the wider public sector to make full use of its OJEU compliant procurement frameworks, in order to realise some of the urgent savings required in the spending review.

Peter Akid, Director of Procurement at NHS SBS, said: "Police forces, local authorities, central government departments and hundreds of other public sector bodies have already started to spend tens of millions of pounds each year through frameworks that were originally designed for the NHS, achieving major savings that can help ensure frontline services remain sustainable into the future. "Savings realised so far however are only the tip of the iceberg. We are happy to provide free access to any public sector body so that they can take advantage of NHS buying power and get best prices from suppliers in order to protect frontline services."