The UK's NHS has a £500m budget to burn on PCs, printers and monitors in the latest mega framework tender to be dangled in front of ravenous tech suppliers.
A ten lot agreement including desktops, lappies, tabs, peripherals, and warranties has been issued by the NHS Shared Business Services - the joint venture between DfH and Steria - and North of England Commercial Procurement Collaborative.
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The procurement vehicle is open to providers and regulators of NHS funded services including “practice based commissioning consortia, general practise commissioning consortia, NHS England”, the tender stated.
The desktop lot covers small form factors, micro machines, all-in-ones and thin client devices - some £100m is set aside for this, the same amount apportioned to laptops (standard, rugged, 2 in 1s and thin and light devices).
Up to £50m can be spent on slabs including wraparounds, detachables and phablets and - like the previous two PC categories - up to eight suppliers can win a seat at the table that allows them to bid for individual contracts.
Specialist healthcare IT including infection control products, mobile clinical assistant devices represent lot five where £50m is budgeted to be spent. Separately, some £25m is to be made available for clinical LCD and HD monitors
Buyers of “Green IT” - kit that “demonstrates significant sustainability benefits beyond energy use” - will have £10m to splash. This is hardware that incorporates “environmental, economic and social sustainability principles”, the tender stated.
Printers and scanners, deployment services, third party warranties and a ‘one stop shop” lot for suppliers that can provide all of the above were the final lots where procurement heads can spend up to £25m, £20m, £20m and £100m respectively.
The framework, which is due to start at the beginning of December, runs for two years with an option to extend twice by a further 12 months. ®