Arthroscopy multi-supplier framework

24th February 2014

Arthroscopy is a type of keyhole surgery used to diagnose and repair problems with the joints, or to remove fragments of loose bone or cartilage. An arthroscope - a type of endoscope - is inserted through a small incision to investigate the damage to an interior joint. The procedure is most commonly performed on the knees, but can also be used on wrists, elbows, ankles and shoulders.

A multi-supplier framework for arthroscopy has recently been awarded by NHS Commercial Solutions for a period of two years, with two options to extend for a further 12 months each.

This is the first regional framework for arthroscopy capital equipment and consumables awarded in the South East.

The framework, which is open to all NHS organisations in England, enables trusts to conduct further competitions in order to deliver additional benefits through supplier rationalisation and business commitment.

The framework is expected to deliver significant savings opportunities to trusts with a number of smaller suppliers and new entrants to the market pricing competitively in order to increase their market share.

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