Getting it right first time and reducing variation in the NHS

27 March 2019 – NHE

Mike Hutton, author of the recently-published Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) national report on spinal services and consultant spine surgeon at The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, investigates how reducing unwarranted variation in NHS procurement could make a multimillion-pound difference.

NHS procurement managers are faced with sourcing and negotiating for clinically-assured, high-quality products worth hundreds of millions of pounds – often without the information they need to get the best possible deal.

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