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Following the successful Working Together procurement for examination gloves, which saved the seven Working Together Trusts £400k in 2014, a new exercise covering surgical gloves is now set to save more than £320k across the region.

Clinicians were heavily involved in the procurement exercise to ensure a solution was reached that offered an achievable saving and did not diminish quality in any way.

Ansell Healthcare, the world’s largest global manufacturer of surgical gloves were the selected supplier and are now working with each of the Trusts to establish which of their range of gloves are best for each surgeon’s requirements.

Prior to this procurement a total of 47 different types of gloves were used across the Working Together Trusts, many with similar specifications but very varied prices.

The implementation will be staged across the individual Trusts according to each Trust’s requirements.