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05 August 2017

If the NHS wants more money, it MUST stop wasting our cash by massively overpaying for basic supplies

IT is scandalous that a health service ­crying out for more money is squandering such monstrous sums by spectacularly overpaying for basic supplies.

The NHS is struggling under huge and growing pressures and with a budget that while vast seems unable to keep up.

The difference between the costs were so shocking researchers thought it was a mistake
The difference between the costs were so shocking researchers thought it was a mistake
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But the nurses and doctors bearing the brunt of it should demand to know why hundreds of millions of pounds are wasted by profligate managers.

Who in their right mind pays £126 for a wound protector another Trust can get for 36p? Or £2,473.71 for surgical scissors available elsewhere for £27?

The answer is a purchasing manager who has given up trying to get value for the public’s money.

Consultant John Abercrombie, who co-led this major NHS efficiency report, says fussy surgeons insist on using the priciest brands despite no evidence they make any difference. That must stop.

It has been discovered that hospitals are wasting millions on supplies that cost pennies
It has been discovered that hospitals are wasting millions on supplies that cost pennies
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He also recommends purchasing at a national level to secure the lowest cost.

We agree. As we do with the report’s co-leader, top surgeon Tim Briggs, who says the NHS does not merit new money while so much is needlessly blown.

That will enrage frontline staff — but it’s simple common sense.

 

Brexit realism

Leo Varadkar needs to accept that Brexit will happen
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IRELAND has every reason to fear a Brexit deal that damages Britain, since its ­economy desperately needs us to thrive.

It is only a few years, after all, since we lent them billions to prevent collapse.

But we advise Irish PM Leo Varadkar to accept that Brexit WILL happen and plan accordingly. He seems to be in denial, hoping to stall negotiations and praying for a second referendum.

We like that the Irish PM is arguing for a free trade deal
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We like that the Irish PM is arguing for a free trade deal[/caption]

It would help if he stopped seeing 17.4million Brexit voters as a small rabble of troublemakers instead of the biggest democratic mandate in our history.

That said, it was good to see Mr Varadkar suggest the sort of free trade deal with the EU we have long argued for.

It will only be scuppered by Brussels’ foolish desire to punish us to deter others.


Policing aid

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Rwandan President Paul Kagame has been accused of silencing and murdering rivals[/caption]

EVEN those hostile to ANY foreign aid would struggle to argue that spending £100million trying to rid the world of polio wasn’t a worthwhile cause.

But that new aim is not the problem.

The real issue was exposed by a ­former aide to Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame who claims our millions ­bankroll him even as he stands accused of murdering opponents.

We give away £13bn in aid every year
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We give away £13bn in aid every year[/caption]

Our Government insists our donations there are solely for projects we oversee.

But how can we ensure they are immune to corruption in a country run with an iron grip by one man, crushing dissent and holding sham elections?

Indeed we cannot possibly police all our aid when we give away £13billion a year.

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