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Recycling redundant hospital equipment could help fix NHS deficit says auctioneer - COMMENT UPDATE

Disposal costs and lost potential revenue from selling redundant medical kit is costing the NHS £50 million a year that could go towards repairing its £512 million deficit, claims a UK medical equipment auctioneer.

Hilditch Auctioneers says its annual sales raise £1.5 million for NHS Trusts, a figure that’s enough to pay for up to 80 nurses or a sizeable number of expensive drug treatments.

Director Mike Hilditch said: “Though more than 120 NHS and private hospitals already use us, there are still too many for whom the throwaway culture is ingrained.

“That’s a big shame, not only because of the loss to the public purse but because much of the equipment is bought to help patients in deprived areas abroad and more of it is desperately needed.”

Comment:

20/06/06:To pronounce a calumny on the NHS because this company isn’t doing more business is a vulgar piece of PR spin of the worst kind. As a former NHS Trust chairman I can think of many good reasons not to use this company for disposal of materials in the way they suggest — not least, if they insult their customers. The NHS is an easy target and I doubt anyone will bother to refute this. So the company gets a mention and the NHS gets another kicking. Disgraceful. I will recommend to all my Trust friends they do everything they can to avoid this bunch of shameful hustlers.
Posted by Roy Lilley

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