The Department of Health has published the new versions of the standard NHS terms and conditions for the supply of goods and for the provision of services. The terms and conditions were developed by the Department of Health in partnership with Mills & Reeve.
The publications are now the main contracting documents for NHS bodies to use when buying goods and services. They have received positive feedback from both the Association of British Healthcare Industries and the Health Care Supply Association.
The NHS spends more than £20bn a year on goods and services, which typically counts for around 30 per cent of the operating costs of each hospital trusts.
The new terms and conditions have been described by the Department of Health as ‘the first step in the NHS acting as a single customer’.