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Wound Care

Volume 448: debated on Tuesday 4 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how much was spent by the NHS on branded wound care products in 2005; and what research her Department has undertaken into the purchase of non-branded products; (71586)

(2) if she will introduce a centralised procurement policy for wound care products.

The national health service spend on branded wound care products through NHS Logistics and prescriptions sent to the Prescription Pricing Authority was £171,132,847 for 2005.

Branded has been interpreted to mean as where product descriptions clearly identify a specific manufacturer and brand of product.

No research has taken place within the Department into the procurement of non-branded products. As part of the procurement process for procurement of products through NHS Logistics, use of clinical staff and product testing is incorporated to ensure that, where appropriate, rationalised product ranges on agreements provide the NHS with value for money.

The Department's policy on the procurement of goods and services in or on behalf of the NHS is based on value for money with due regard to propriety and regularity and ensuring full compliance with the European Union procurement directive and other regularity requirements.

All wound care products spend through NHS Logistics are purchased via national framework agreements where detailed product specification has been placed following discussions with clinical staff.