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23.06.14

Lord Carter appointed chair of NHS Procurement board

Labour peer Lord Carter of Coles has been appointed the chair of the NHS Procurement and Efficiency Board.

In his role as chair, the founder of nursing home company Westminster Health Care will help the NHS to “cut waste, save money and drive efficiencies which can then be spent on frontline patient care”.

Recently Lord Carter reviewed the procurement of legal aid in England and Wales, and previously worked in the NHS leading a review of Pathology services. He is also a board member of the Efficiency & Reform Group, part of the Cabinet Office.

Currently, the NHS spends over £22bn every year on goods and services, which typically accounts for around 30% of the operating costs of each NHS organisation. The Department of Health has now charged the NHS to deliver £1.5bn to £2bn of procurement efficiency savings by 2015 to 2016.

Health minister Dan Poulter said: “I am delighted by Lord Carter’s appointment. He will bring a wealth of experience to the NHS Procurement and Efficiency Programme, which will help hospitals to cut waste and save money which can then be spent on frontline patient care.”

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Rosemary Jones   11/07/2016 at 00:21

The Fit for the Future document - NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, states 'solutions should enable patients to receive care to their particular needs'. My learning disabled and head injured son is missing out on these because the Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust has no mechanism for replacing professionals who do not or do not want to know what is wrong with him with those that do. His health is deteriorating, and my attempts to bring attention to the Department of Health's directives relevant to his situation are being rebuffed with the stock phrase 'I have every confidence in x, y and z.' He needs help immediately. Who will explain to the CPFT that the authors of Fit for the Future and the Department of Health directives of 2015 would not countenance any patient being looked after by professionals who do not know what is wrong with them, who will not refer him to those who do, and who do not respond to his special needs and who ignore his wishes and those of his parents.

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