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.”
Posted by Roy Lilley