08 July 2018 – Telegraph
New figure reveal that NHS trusts are buying whiteboard markers costing double the price of high street shops. Last year packs of four whiteboard markers were bought for between £1.32 and £2.10, the exclusive data obtained by The Telegraph reveals, despite similar items being available for just £1.25 from office supplier Staples.
Such discrepancies have been described as “baffling” by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
The health service spends £55.6 billion each year on general supplies and medical equipment, but bulk buying is not resulting in the best deals.