Scottish GPs 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, make clear that arrangements to access the new PPE stockpile are still under discussion, including what contribution should be made by those sharing the stockpile to the cost of creating and maintaining it.
However, the consultation makes clear that traditional PPE supply routes, the just-in-time supply model and PPE stockpiling arrangements were not sufficient in pandemic circumstances.
It concludes: “A reformed stockpiling and buying approach for pandemic PPE is required.”
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.