Health Care Supplies Association Highlights Manchester Efforts from Staff & Suppliers

The HCSA (Health Care Supplies Association) put out a short press release last week relating to the Manchester bombing. They talked about the response and efforts of health workers, and highlighted that this includes procurement, supply chain and logistics people just as it does of course all the front line medical staff.

We tend to see and think about the amazing paramedics, doctors and nurses when this sort of thing happens – and no doubt, sadly, there will be similar stories emerging from London now as well. But behind the scenes, there is a tremendous support system that ensures the equipment, the supplies of blood, consumables from bandages to nutrition, are all available at the right time, in the right place and to the right quality to respond to the crisis.

In the press release, mention is also made of suppliers.

“The level of activity soon depleted even well planned stock levels and emergency deliveries were provided by NHS Supply Chain; Bunzl; Squadron and other suppliers.

A number of suppliers offered free stock and 'without charge' emergency deliveries reflecting the scale of the national response to the terrorist attack”.

So well done and thanks to all those firms who helped and put “doing the right thing” above any opportunity to increase profit!

The HCSA communications lead who sent us the press release is Simon Walsh, who in his “day job” is also Procurement Director for the Central Manchester NHS FT and University Hospital of South Manchester NHS FT. Simon told us that the Queen’s very short notice visit the other day to the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital “was a boost and visibly lifted spirits”. He also says that work is already underway in terms of analysing “lessons learned” for staff from the events following the bombing, so there may be some interesting thoughts there that we can pass on to other supply chain folk once that work is complete.

Anyone who has experience in the sector knows that working in public sector procurement has its ups and downs, its frustrations and constraints. But for many of our colleagues in that sector, the thought that they’re doing something of wider social value sustains their efforts through the more difficult times. Events such as these reinforce that, and do remind us just how many people work hard in sectors like health to provide the services we can often take for granted – until a real emergency hits, and that effort and skill becomes very obvious, and very highly valued.

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