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World Class Procurement by Colin Cram

May 6, 2013

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What is world class procurement? That is the question that was asked last week at a conference that I was chairing. The topic was world class procurement in the NHS. Some people would argue that if an organisation has efficient and modern processes and procedures, category management, a highly qualified workforce, good information and performance […]

Outsourcing MOD Procurement by Colin Cram

April 30, 2013

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Editor’s Note: With the recent NOGO-GOCO decision (at least for the next year) by the UK Government regarding a proposal to outsource the Ministry of Defence procurement function by way of a government owned – contractor operated model, the following August 2012 commentary from Colin Cram is worth revisiting. There is no perfect model for […]

A Canadian view of the NHS procurement controversy in the UK (Part 1 of 2) by Jon Hansen

April 19, 2013

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“Of $4 billion NHS spent in 2009 on health service projects and innovation, only $224 million had impact on patient care, chasm must be closed” The above was my response to Bob Hudson, whose article “Annulling competition rules is the most important NHS battleground” appeared in the guardian on April 2nd. It has been suffice […]

Margaret Thatcher: An Insider’s Perspective by Colin Cram (Part 2)

April 15, 2013

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Editor’s Note: Part 1 of this series was posted on Thursday, April 11th My report on procurement proposed more outsourcing and a team was set up to drive this forward. However, the government was unable to overcome resistance to it. By the time John Major had taken over, in 1991, my estimate was that much […]

The Prognosticators Series: 2013 Predictions by Colin Cram FCIPS

January 7, 2013

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Editor’s Note: As is often the case when the hands of time tick relentlessly forward into another new year, we take this opportunity to look ahead to what the next 12 months might hold in store for us both personally as well as for the purchasing industry as a whole. In this the second installment […]

Procurement Fraud by Colin Cram

May 11, 2012

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I am pleased to welcome Colin Cram as a regular contributing columnist to the Procurement Insights Blog. Being based in the UK, Colin will provide an across -the-pond perspective on the news and issues in the world of procurement overseas Starting with today’s post  on Procurement Fraud Colin will, on a regular basis, deliver the […]

The Universal challenges of health care procurement

June 1, 2011

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It seems that hardly a week goes by when there isn’t one story or another involving health care. From Medicaid reform to the spiraling costs tied to an increase in chronic illnesses – according to health care expert and author of the book Navigating The Healthcare Maze Jeff Knott, a surprisingly large percentage of the […]

UK Government Puts An End To The Gravy Days of Big Budget IT Initiatives: Another Nail for Large ERP Vendors?!

December 3, 2010

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Cabinet Office minister, Francis Maude, speaking at a meeting attended by 31 major government suppliers including BT, Hewlett Packard, IBM and CapGemini, claimed that large-scale bespoke IT systems – many of which have gone significantly over budget in the past – would henceforth be replaced by less expensive and “off the shelf” offerings. from UK […]

Did Sir Philip Green Get It Right?

October 16, 2010

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Below is the actual review prepared by Sir Philip Green regarding the inefficiencies of the UK government’s procurement policies and practices.  Please note that it also includes a brief introduction video after the first slide. While we all take the time to review and digest the findings of Sir Philip, especially his assertion that “The […]

Prescription for Success: Achieving the Optimal Balance between Procurement Savings and Premium Patient Care (A Procurement Insights Knowledge Leadership Publication)

May 13, 2009

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A Health System in Distress “The report comes a day after President Obama embraced a pledge from health-care providers to slow the increase in their costs over the coming decade.  The new projections will add to the urgency of controlling those costs.” “Insolvency Is Seen Closer for Social Security and Medicare” New York Times (May […]

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