Five reasons why the NHS is getting serious about supply chains

It’s over 18 months since the Department of Health announced its £12m Scan4Safetyinitiative in six NHS Trusts. Designed to test how barcoding can help acute Trusts track and trace medical supplies, from the point of receipt to the patient, Scan4Safety was expected to deliver savings of £800 million over seven years. A year after tests began at Royal Cornwall, Salisbury, Plymouth, Leeds and Derby, North Tees and Hartlepool that estimation was increased to £1 billion.