Caring for people with long-term conditions puts enormous strain on our public services, if we continue to treat these conditions in the same way our health services will become unsustainable. There are estimated to be over 15 million people affected by conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, dementia and asthma, and treatment accounts for a staggering seventy per cent of all healthcare spending.
The Department of Health is working with the NHS to draw up a new strategy for NHS procurement which will be published by 31 March 2012. A New Strategy for NHS Procurement will help launch this initiative and engage with all parts of the NHS, both to brief delegates and promote discussion about how it can be implemented, the implications and, in particular, how the savings can be achieved.
The NHS is the UK's largest customer of medicines and medical technologies. In addition to delivering high-quality healthcare, it has a great role to play in strengthening the country's economy, contributing directly to the success of Britain's thriving life sciences sector.