latest health care news


‘Procurement league table’ to be launched for NHS hospitals

Hospitals across the country will be ranked based on the amount they spend on goods and services in a new initiative announced by the DH.

The ‘procurement league table’, announced by Jeremy Hunt at this week’s NHS Providers conference, is aimed at reducing the amount hospitals spend and driving forward with efficiency savings.

Improvements in the way NHS hospitals have procured goods has made for a large proportion of savings in institutions across the country and the new plans are a way to compare services as they seek greater efficiencies.

The DH said that, compared to their neighbours, some trusts paid more than double the price for everyday items such as surgical scalpels.

Hunt told the conference in Birmingham: “The NHS is rightly recognised as one of the most efficient healthcare systems in the world and I am immensely grateful for your efforts to clamp-down on unnecessary waste.

“But, we must not be complacent when there is still baffling variation in the prices that hospitals are paying for supplies.

“We want to support the NHS to save money wherever possible so it can be reinvested into frontline services.”

The current iteration of the league table shows that the bottom five trusts could save over £11m if they bought supplies at the same prices as others.

It is thought that increased transparency about what other hospitals pay for items will help high paying trusts bring their own bills down.

Ranking services based on procurement has been part of DH plans since 2014. However, the new table will provide a direct comparison between each trust to show exactly how services are performing for every item.

Top image: Joe Giddens PA Wire

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an NHE columnist? If so, click here.


There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment


national health executive tv

more videos >

featured articles

View all News

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond more > more last word articles >

health service focus

View all News


Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

13/06/2019Nurses named as least-appreciated public sector workers

Nurses have been named as the most under-appreciated public sector professi... more >
Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

10/06/2019Creating the Cardigan integrated care centre

Peter Skitt, county director and commissioner for Ceredigion Hywel Dda Univ... more >


How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to s... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS Trust: Our improvement journey

28/05/2019Mid Yorks Hospitals NHS Trust: Our improvement journey

Chief executive of the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Martin Barkley, writes for NHE to guide us through his trust’s improvement journey. It’s arguably a ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >