HC Deb 22 July 1980 vol 989 cc609-10W
20. Mr. Trippier

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied with the present system of public purchasing within the National Health Service.

Mr. Patrick Jenkin

I believe that improvements can be made. For this reason, I have set up a supply council as a special health authority to support health authorities in their drive to secure better value for money in the procurement of supplies and so free resources for the direct care of patients. I am confident that the supply council's decisions will earn, as well as command, acceptance and will be acted upon throughout the NHS.