Down the Procurement Pub with Carter, Raj Sharma, the Royal Marsden, eWorld and Walking On Cars

Here is Raj Sharma of Public Spend Forum (the US sister site to our Public Spend Matters Europe) and Censeo Consulting, Andy Davies of the London Universities Purchasing Consortium, Nancy Clinton of Spend Matters and me having a beer (or two) in the Draft House near Goodge Street. That’s about it, really. Excellent little place, excellent beer, excellent company. (It’s been a bit hectic this week with Raj here so apologies if today’s Down the Procurement Pub is a bit terser than usual)!

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The rumours are (as I write this) that by the time this is published on Friday lunchtime, the Carter report on NHS efficiency / procurement will have been published. We didn’t have the chance to review it this morning so our analysis will have to wait until next week. Other rumours suggested the BBC might be showing film of a major London teaching hospital and their supply chain work to illustrate the news… so again, by the time you read this, we will know whether a new procurement star of the silver screen has been born!

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On a less happy health note, the Irish Times reports that two procurement staff have been sacked from St Vincent’s University Hospital in Dublin after an investigation into corruption. This was sparked by a TV programme (a report from the RTÉ Investigations Unit last year), which alleged that staff accepted holidays and one of them sought a gift from a supplier, Eurosurgical Ltd. “Commercially sensitive information was also provided to Eurosurgical, it was alleged”. After a formal investigation the two have been dismissed. We picked it up also on Spend Matters Europe with a bit more detail here.

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Good heavens, is it that time already? eWorld Purchasing and Supply is only a month away – on 2nd March at the QE2 Centre in Westminster. A very decent conference programme, a good number of solutions providers exhibiting, and all free to genuine procurement people (as opposed to fake procurement people …) Read more about it here.

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We know some of our readers were there (because we saw them) but thanks to everyone who came along to the Battle of the Bands at the Hare and Hounds, Claygate last Saturday. The Front Covers, led by David Smith (ex CIPS President) "won" by raising more than their rival band - and that was the amazing sum of £2,500! The pub was absolutely jam packed; really quite an event. The money is going to the Royal Marsden Charity - a very worthwhile cause - and we will have news on another event shortly to support the same charity.

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Walking on Cars are an Irish band who combine an almost folk-rock sensibility with some big guitars and tunes - this is a very catchy single that will raise their profile considerably, we suspect.

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