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The CBI today commented on the National Audit Office’s report, The procurement of consumables by NHS acute and Foundation trusts.

Elizabeth Fells, CBI Head of Public Services Reform, said:

“NHS Trusts need to get more business-like and ensure they are making the most of their combined spending power to deliver the best value for taxpayers and patients.

“Achieving economies of scale will go some way towards delivering savings of £15-£20 billion by 2015.

“As well as greater collaboration across Trusts, the best provider should be able to compete to deliver NHS services, whether they are from the public, private or third sector.”

Notes to Editors:

The CBI is the UK's leading business organisation, speaking for some 240,000 businesses that together employ around a third of the private sector workforce. With offices across the UK as well as representation in Brussels, Washington, Beijing and Delhi the CBI communicates the British business voice around the world.

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CBI Press Office on 020 7395 8239, or out of hours pager on 07623 977854, email: press.office@cbi.org.uk. Follow the CBI on Twitter at: www.cbi.org.uk/twitter


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