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Scottish care homes to pay ‘up front’ for pandemic PPE

Care homes in Scotland may be asked to pay up front to access centrally-procured PPE during future pandemics, under proposals set out in a new consultation.

The proposals, published in the pandemic personal protective equipment: consultation  ask private care home providers to opt into payment arrangements that would give them access to centrally-procured PPE during any future pandemic. At this stage the payment mechanism and how it will work is still to be determined.

According to the Scottish Government, collaborative purchasing can increase buying power, and support the Scottish PPE supply chain. Having a domestic supply chain builds in resilience, drives connections and close joint working with manufacturers, and will supply them with the certainty around orders they need to innovate and drive efficiencies.

Subject to discussions with delivery partners, PPE ‘hub provision’ by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) will be extended beyond March 2022, the Scottish Government has said. Among the lessons learned during the pandemic is that Scotland’s traditional PPE supply routes, just-in-time supply model and PPE stockpiling arrangements were not sufficient. For adult social care sectors, long term and sustainable PPE supply arrangements are required.

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