NHS Trusts buying whiteboard markers at near double the price of high street shops | The Telegraph

“There is no doubt that considerable variation remains in how much different parts of the NHS pay for goods and supplies,” said Siva Anandaciva, chief analyst at independent health think tank The King’s Fund.

He blames some of the variation on differences in how data is collected: some organisations report only the product price while others factor in additional costs like delivery charges.

“But even accepting these issues, substantial unwarranted variation remains – partly because different NHS organisations use different products for similar types of treatment, and partly because they pay different prices for the same product,” he adds.

“There has been a lack of data on what different organisations are paying and a fragmented approach to using the NHS’s collective buying power to best effect, with organisations often operating as islands rather than archipelagos.”

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NHS Trusts buying whiteboard markers at near double the price of high street shops .