It’s no secret that the UK economy is flagging and like many organisations, yours might be struggling to balance the books. The public sector has been hit especially hard. As part of its bid to reduce the country’s structural deficit, the government has implemented a series of funding cuts and health organisations are having to rein in their spending.
Of course, although you may be operating with limited resources, your organisation cannot compromise in terms of the quality of services you provide. This means that when you’re on the lookout for medical equipment, you’ll have to be savvy. Unless you get superb value products, you might struggle to purchase everything you need.
Recently, GP magazine released figures it got as a result of a freedom of information request concerning spending on clinical procedures. It found that 90 per cent of primary care trusts were restricting procedures such as hip, knee and cataract operations, weight loss surgery and tonsillectomies because they are under pressure to save cash.
Of the 101 trusts that provided figures, nine in ten had systems in place to restrict GP referrals for procedures thought to be non-urgent or of low clinical value.
However, commenting on the issue, health minister Simon Burns said: “Decisions on treatments, including suitability for surgery, should be made by clinicians based on what is most clinically appropriate for the patient and take the individual patient’s needs into account.
“No right-thinking person could possibly understand how anyone could delay a patient’s treatment unnecessarily. If patients need treatment, they should get it when they want it and where they want it. If local health bodies stop patients from having treatments on the basis of cost alone we will take action against them.”
Making your money stretch further
During times like this, it’s particularly important to ensure that your organisation’s budget stretches as far as possible. So, when you’re on the lookout for new medical instruments, stethoscopes and so on, it’s a good idea to find a supplier that offers you great value for money.
This is where we come in. Here at Bound Tree Medical we specialise in providing items like this and have more than 18,000 for you to choose from. This means you shouldn’t struggle to get your hands on the perfect products. Also, because of our purchasing power and supplier relationships, we’re able to benefit from great deals, which we can then pass on to you.
Making your life that little bit easier
It’s certainly not an easy time to be involved in the procurement of medical items, but by taking advantage of the equipment we offer, you can make your life that little bit easier.
As well as providing competitive prices, we also go out of our way to ensure that the process of ordering products from us is quick and easy. This means you’re left with more time to get on with your other tasks. All you need are a spare few moments and a web connection and before you know it, the items you need will be winging their way to you.