DoH says NHS needs private sector 'more than ever'

The NHS needs the private and third sector 'more than ever' according to the DoH's latest guidance.

£20m will be spent on ‘commercial support units’ to stimulate the market and ‘secure better value for money for goods and services procured’.

The document, Necessity, not Nicety, sets out the DoH’s latest ambitions to use commercial skills and competition to make ‘unprecedented’ efficiency savings in the future.

A ‘strategic market development unit’ and ‘Procurement, Investment and Commercial Division’ will also be formed to stimulate competition and enhance procurement skills.

The new units will also provide tendering skills for NHS providers.

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