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WELSH HEALTH SERVICE STARTS TO SAVE MONEY

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The Welsh health service still has room for improvement in its procurement and supply practices, according to a rep...
The Welsh health service still has room for improvement in its procurement and supply practices, according to a report from the Audit Commission in Wales.

Although progress has been made in procurement and supply, targets for financial savings set by Welsh trusts were six times less than those set by the Welsh Assembly, said the commission.

Trusts also had too large a base of suppliers, which could lead to inefficient price variations, it said.

Andrew Wood, lead manager for

the Audit Commission in Wales, said: 'Welsh trusts now need to set themselves challenging yet realistic targets for

financial savings through improved procurement and supply practices. This

is money that could be used to improve patient care.'

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