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NHS Supply Chain announces results for meat products

Friday 1 March 2013

NHS Supply Chain is today announcing that it has received responses from all 41 suppliers which reveal that no horse meat has been found in its supply chain.

NHS Supply Chain has undertaken a review of its supply chain suppliers with its technical partners, which has resulted in a full supply chain screening on the following issues: authenticity of the meat used in the products, traceability of the meat, and assurance that the suppliers had received similar assurances in their supply chain.

NHS Supply Chain contacted its suppliers on the following frameworks: Fresh Meat, Chilled and Frozen Foods and Ready Prepared meals and these results relate only to NHS Supply Chain’s suppliers into the NHS.

NHS organisations can choose from which suppliers they buy their food. The results therefore do not cover the total supply into the NHS.


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About NHS Supply Chain

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NHS Supply Chain is operated by DHL as Agent of the NHS Business Services Authority. It supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

The organisation was formed in 2006 from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). NHS Supply Chain aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.

NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 1,000 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 600,000 products ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners.

Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery – this saves up to £1* per product in back office administration costs and removes up to 40 deliveries going into a trust compared with ordering goods separately. (*source: NHS Supply Chain 2009 value proposition study with Southampton NHS Trust)

To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice.

NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:

  • Theatres
  • Dental
  • Audiology
  • Catering, including food
  • Infection control
  • Orthopaedics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Capital equipment, including finance and maintenance.

Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in ten locations.

Delivering value to the NHS