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Medical Equipment

Volume 480: debated on Thursday 16 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the cost was of disposable surgical instruments supplied to the NHS since 1997, broken down by sub-heading. (226277)

The information is not available in the format requested. Such information as is available is in the following table.

NHS trusts and strategic health authorities make decisions on the use of disposable or single-use instruments at local level.

A framework agreement for single use instruments was awarded in May 2001 with all products for England being supplied through the NHS Supply Chain. NHS Supply Chain places orders against this agreement depending on the orders received from NHS trusts. The framework is not mandatory and does not cover all NHS trusts. Prior to 2003 data were collated at a local trust level and no information is held centrally.

Cost of single use surgical instrument orders

£

Description

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Tube suction surgical fine

30,981

93,714

183,288

230,269

285,882

Scissors tissue

167,946

187,904

186,463

214,712

229,522

269,924

Scissors suture sterile hook point

210,727

217,121

218,416

235,314

227,344

234,083

Scissors stitch

192,944

202,242

229,725

250,978

236,127

227,607

Forceps dissecting/dressing

51,540

86,578

111,819

122,105

145,861

147,216

Scissors

18,916

43,729

61,919

80,872

105,192

122,597

Sponge holder

3,168

14,188

21,059

30,027

34,088

Scissors single use dressing

207

Clip Remover single use general

814

Instrument lubricant

4,608

7,514

7,919

8,345

11,478

11,529

Scissors single use universal

29

Forceps single use introducing

741

Forceps single use dissecting

169

Scissors single use bandage

257

Forceps single use artery

608

Bellows single use

146

Saw blade single use

1,150

Forceps single use aural

286

Forceps single use dressing

35

Speculum single use sigmoidoscope

609

Scissors single use

169

Forceps single use splinter

25

Light stem single use proctoscope

159

Scissors single use general

41

Dilator single use tracheal

94

Speculum single use nasal

60

Scissors single use Vigo

85

Retriever single use thread

125

Bur single use conical

80

Probe single use ear

136

Applicator single use nail

31

Gallipot single use

426

Curette single use bone

62

Forceps single use uterine

72

Speculum single use proctoscope

37

Needle holder single use

88

Forceps single use nasal

151

Dilator single use throat

132

Quiver single use diathermy

316

Forceps single use general

9

Scissors single use iris

18

Sound single use uterine

72

Hook single use ear

90

Probe single use Jobson Home

29

Depressor single use tongue

154

Hook single use IUCD

41

Needle holder single use Kilner

79

Forceps single use iris

24

File single use nail

3

Grand total

646,680

779,238

924,163

1,116,672

1,215,820

1,340,787