First published in 1979, Supplies Management for Health Services looks at the characteristics and problems of hospital suppliers and examines the way in which the hospital and the National Health Service deal with supplies problems and relations with suppliers. Beginning with a description of the National Health Service and its supplies’ organisations and the role of the Department of Health and Social Security in this field, the book then reports on the detailed studies made over two years of the supplies’ problems of ten London area health authorities and ten London manufacturers of medical equipment.
The NHS situation is then contrasted with the supplies’ situation in three non-health organisations and with the health supplies situation in France and West Germany. The final part of the book analyses the information obtained, proposes a means of assessing supplies systems, and evaluates the NHS situation. This is followed by the realistic proposals for reform, advocating a system similar to that used in British defence services, based on a central procurement agency, close cooperation with private manufacturers, and manufacture by government where necessary. This book will surely interest students of economics and global health.
Table of Contents
Foreword Part One: The National Health Service 1. The Study of Health Service Supplies 2. Assessing Supplies Systems 3. The Minister and the National Health Service Supplies 4. The Minister and the Industry 5. Contracts and Contractors 6. Ten Areas and their Suppliers Part Two: The Suppliers 7. The Product and the User 8. The Health Care Supply Industries 9. Ten Suppliers of Electromedical Equipment Part Three: Other Supplies Systems 10. Three British Systems 11. Hospital Health Supplies in France 12. Hospital Supplies in West Germany Part Four: Dangers and Opportunities 13. The Present Position 14. Practice and Theory Bibliography Index