NHS farms out £125m deal for hardware, medical tech
Health service sets out tender for X-ray kit, laptops and more
A framework for the supply and maintenance of NHS IT hardware and services with an estimated value of between £45m and £125m is being set up by NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative and NHS Shared Business Services.
The deal will include the delivery of desktop computers and peripherals, laptops and touchscreen monitors, as well as medical equipment including x-ray workstations, mobile clinical assistant devices for use in "point of care and mobile environments", according to a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union.
NHS Commercial Procurement Collaborative, the NHS-owned national procurement organisation which has members from trusts across England, will set the framework up for an initial two years, but it could be extended by two further 12-month terms.
The range of trusts in England which are expected to use the framework include Alder Hey children's, Liverpool primary care, South West Yorkshire partnership and Yorkshire ambulance service.
The contract will also be open the new NHS commissioning bodies and to trusts in other parts of the UK.
This article was originally published at Guardian Government Computing.
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